Microsoft has revealed a preview of a new offering aimed at helping organisations to move their workloads into the Azure cloud from on-premises database management systems.
The Azure SQL Database, Managed Instance is a new deployment option that makes it seamless to move any SQL Server application to Azure without application changes.
Microsoft has stated that Managed Instance will provide the same range of features as those available within the SQL Server boxed-product, including:
- Native database restore
- SQL Agent
- Database Mail
- Service Broker
- Common Language Runtime (CLR)
- Change Data Capture.
To streamline the migration to the cloud, Microsoft has also announced the preview for Azure Database Migration Services (Azure DMS) support for Managed Instance. Essentially Azure DMS is designed as a seamless, end-to-end solution for moving an on-premises SQL Server to Azure SQL Database and is the beginning of a full roadmap of database support.
The complete service roadmap will address database migrations across a variety of database sources and destinations, including planned support for MySQL and PostgreSQL. Azure database services for MySQL and PostgreSQL offer the community versions to ensure the simplest migration and fastest path to development with these services on Azure.
And finally, there’s further good news on the open source front in the form of a preview of built-in support for Apache Tomcat and OPenJDK from Azure App Service, making it easy for Java developers to deploy web applications and APIs to Azure’s PaaS.
AWS Business Development Director