Microsoft SQL Server Azure Migration: BYOL, SQL Server VM, Azure SQL Database

Cloud Migration Scenario

This was an existing on-premise SQL Server workload was licensed for 80 physical cores on x86 machines running Windows as their operating system and VMware as their hypervisor. This existing environment had 933 GB utilized RAM and 57 TB of useable storage. This workload was sized via utilized cores and RAM on the Precision IT cloud sizing/migration analytics platform.

Azure SQL Server/SQL Database Options

Bring Your Own License (BYOL) SQL Server- Utilizing the Azure Hybrid Benefit option to transfer licenses to cloud and pay for just cloud infrastructure, not software.

SQL Server Virtual Machine- Azure Virtual Machine running Windows that includes SQL Server license.

Azure SQL Database- Azure managed instance of SQL Database. Database & Server do have some differences between each other. For more information please follow this link

Most Cost Effective Cloud Option

Bring Your Own License (BYOL) SQL Server on Windows virtual machines (VMs) with Azure Hybrid Benefit

  • $381,594 less expensive than the next best option
  • Azure Hybrid Benefit pricing discounts the instances ~60% and allows for the license transfer from on-premises to the cloud
  • ~30% increase from current on-premises TCO



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MS SQL Server Migration Example

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