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Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2016: Mission-Critical Applications, Deeper Insights, Hyperscale Cloud by Joseph D’Antoni, Denny Cherry, Stacia Varga

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Chapter 8. Improved Azure SQL Database

Microsoft Azure SQL Database was one of the first cloud services to offer a secure, robust, and flexible database platform to host applications of all types and sizes. When it was introduced, SQL Database had only a small subset of the features available in the SQL Server database engine. With the introduction of version V12 and features such as elastic database pools, SQL Database is now an enterprise-class platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering. Furthermore, its rapid development cycle is beneficial to both SQL Database and its on-premises counterpart. By integrating new features into SQL Database ahead of SQL Server, the development team can take advantage of a full testing and telemetry cycle, at scale, ...

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