Optimizing compute resource allocation to achieve performance goals while controlling costs can be a challenging balance to strike especially for database workloads with complex usage patterns. To help address these challenges, we are pleased to announce the preview of Azure SQL Database serverless. SQL Database serverless (preview) is a new compute tier that optimizes price-performance and simplifies performance management for databases with intermittent and unpredictable usage. Line-of-business applications, dev/test databases, content management and e-commerce systems are just some examples across a range of applications that often fit the usage pattern ideal for SQL Database serverless.
SQL Database serverless (preview) is a compute tier that bills for the amount of compute used by a single database on a per second basis. Serverless is price-perf optimized for single databases with bursty usage patterns that can afford some delay in compute warm-up after idle usage periods. In contrast, publicly available offers in SQL Database today bill for the amount of compute provisioned on an hourly basis.
Azure SQL Hyperscale is now available in preview. Scale compute and storage resources independently, providing flexibility to optimize performance for workloads. The time required to restore a database or to scale up or down is no longer tied to the volume of data in the database and database backups are virtually instantaneous.
We are excited to announce the preview of Azure SQL Database Edge, which brings to the edge the same performant, secure, and easy to manage SQL engine that our customers love in Azure SQL Database and SQL Server. This new offering also adds capabilities that are optimized for edge scenarios, including ARM support, low latency analytics, robust security capabilities and more.
The Data Migration Assistant now provides generally available functionality that helps users assess the target readiness of their on-premises SQL Server instances in preparation for a migration to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance. Data Migration Assistant detects compatibility and feature parity issues that can impact database functionality in target Azure SQL Database Managed Instance databases.
Users can now migrate Amazon RDS for SQL Server to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance with minimal downtime by using generally available functionality in the Azure Database Migration Service. To learn more about how to use Azure Database Migration Service to perform online migrations from Amazon RDS for SQL Server to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance with minimal downtime, read the associated tutorial in the Azure Database Migration Service