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Comparing Azure SQL Database and SQL Server - Bill Wilder

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The Microsoft Azure cloud platform offers a service called Azure SQL Database. How does this compare to SQL Server, the venerable boxed product so many DBAs have come to know and love? In this talk from long-time Azure MVP Bill Wilder, we will look at similarities and differences. We will also briefly talk about complementary data storage sources that may also interest DBAs. At the end of the talk, you will understand the big picture of database options in the cloud, how Azure SQL Database is positioned and stacks up relative to SQL, and leave with an appreciation of key scenarios where it might make sense to use one over the other.

Bill Wilder is a cloud computing veteran, with deep expertise in the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. Since 2014, Bill has been CTO at Finomial (, an early stage SaaS company serving the global hedge fund industry from the cloud. Prior to that, he consulted as a hands-on architect to giant corporations (including Microsoft), mid-sized companies, and startups, helping them execute on the cloud by providing architecture guidance, Azure training, and custom development. Bill began working with the Azure cloud platform the day it was unveiled at the Microsoft PDC in 2008 and subsequently founded, in October 2009, Boston Azure (, the first Azure-focused community user group in the world. Bill is the author of the book Cloud Architecture Patterns ( (O’Reilly Media, 2012) which explains patterns and concepts core to understanding how to most effectively use public cloud platforms such as those from Microsoft, Amazon, and Google. Bill is recognized by Microsoft as a Microsoft Azure MVP (, a reflection of his Azure cloud expertise and willingness to share it.