SQL Server 2016 On-Premises Compared to Azure Offerings

Microsoft offers multiple SQL Server database deployment options, including SQL Server on-premises, SQL Server in Azure Virtual Machines (VMs), and Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL Data Warehouse, which are Azure-hosted relational database services. In general, the options support many of the most common SQL Server database and development features and management tools. However, they differ in control of the hosting environment, automated scaling and disaster recovery, database size, and availability of advanced features.

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