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Azure SQL Database and the Well-Architected Framework

Jason Bouska has a big announcement:

Microsoft Azure SQL Database is a fully managed cloud database (PaaS) that handles many database management tasks without user intervention. Tasks such as patching, upgrading, taking backups, and monitoring can be configured to the specific needs of the workload and are performed in the background. Azure SQL Database runs the latest stable version of SQL Server and patched OS with 99.99% availability. The intelligent automated functions built into the database free up the user to focus on other important tasks.

Today I am introducing the Azure Well-Architected Service Guide for Azure SQL Database. Like other service guides, this guide for Azure SQL Database contains design considerations, checklists, and detailed configuration recommendations that can assist cloud architects in deploying optimal Azure SQL workloads in line with the guiding tenets of the Well-Architected Framework: security, reliability, cost management, performance efficiency, and operational excellence.

I’ve found that the Well-Architected Framework (whose overloaded acronym is still annoying) works best once you’re far enough along that you have a good idea of workload characteristics, meaning it’s not for the pre-planning state. Also, a full review might take hours or days and require several people to complete, not just a DBA.