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“Get to Azure cloud faster” with Microsoft’s database migration service (private preview)

by Dann Anthony Maurno
Assistant Editor, MSDW
April 26 2017

Of all the arguments (both fair and unfair) against an Azure migration, the risk of troublesome data migration looms large.

Microsoft's answer: a new database migration service, now in private preview. Microsoft on its SQL Server Blog has offered some details on the service, first announced at last week's Microsoft Data Amp online event. The service is designed to streamline the process of migrating on-premise databases to Azure.

"Using this new database migration service will simplify the migration of existing on-premises SQL Server, Oracle, and MySQL databases to Azure, whether your target database is Azure SQL Database or Microsoft SQL Server in an Azure virtual machine."

The service aims to be foolproof, with an automated workflow that guides users through any necessary pre-migration changes. Then the service migrates the database to SQL Server in Azure, or Azure SQL Database.

This service is available in a limited private preview, for which you can sign on at

Also in preview is a new deployment option in Azure SQL Database that offers instance-level features "for even greater security, extensibility, and compatibility with SQL Server--and the ability to move hundreds of application databases." You can sign on for this preview at the URL provided above. 

About Dann Anthony Maurno

Dann Anthony Maurno is a seasoned business journalist who began his career as International Marketing Manager with Lilly Software, then moved on as a freelancer to write for such prestigious clients as CFO Magazine; Compliance Week;Manufacturing Business Technology; Decision Resources, Inc.; The Economist Intelligence Unit; and corporate clients such as Iron Mountain, Microsoft and SAP. He is the co-author of Thin Air: How Wireless Technology Supports Lean Initiatives(CRC/Productivity Press, 2010).