Chris Seferlis helps us make the decision between scaling up or out with Azure Analysis Services:
Some of you may not know when or how to scale up your queries or scale out your processing. Today I’d like to help with understanding when and how using Azure Analysis Services. First, you need to decide which tier you should be using. You can do that by looking at the QPUs (Query Processing Units) of each tier on Azure. Here’s a quick breakdown:
Developer Tier – gives you up to 20 QPUs
Basic Tier – is a mid-scale tier, not meant for heavy loads
Standard Tier (currently the highest available) – allows you more capability and flexibility
Read on for some pointers.