SQL Server 2022 and Azure

Cloud Power

Database Licensing and Migration

The databases in Azure can be run in parallel with on-premises databases and in parallel with other services in Azure. Migration and synchronization are possible in all directions. Additionally, Microsoft tools support migration. In parallel, Microsoft offers the Azure Hybrid Advantage for Microsoft SQL Server, which means that local Microsoft SQL Server licenses can also be used in the cloud.

The Data Migration Assistant (DMA) [6] is a Microsoft tool that can help admins migrate SQL databases from end-of-life servers. DMA can also be used to migrate on-premises databases to Microsoft Azure. However, Microsoft recommends the use of the Azure Database Migration Service [7] instead.


SQL Server 2022 is more closely tied in with Azure than any previous version, especially in the areas of availability and data analytics. Comprehensive support for Azure SQL Managed Instances and Azure Synapse means that even larger volumes of data can be analyzed quickly and effectively. Migrating from previous versions to SQL Server 2022 is very much recommended for enterprises looking to rely more heavily on Azure with a view to improving server availability or analyzing data with various Azure services. Of course, the new version also offers better performance, as is the case with any new SQL Server version.

The Author

Thomas Joos is a freelance IT consultant and has been working in IT for more than 20 years. In addition, he writes hands-on books and papers on Windows and other Microsoft topics. Online you can meet him on http://thomasjoos.spaces.live.com.

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