Microsoft SQL Server is one of the most widely used databases on-premises, deployed by many customers as the core of their business-critical applications and services. Azure VMware Solution is the ideal solution for those customers planning to move their workloads to
the cloud without major changes and leveraging their investments and existing skills in VMware technologies.
Migrating those workloads will also enable the possibility of taking advantage of Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server for their SQL workloads and save significant costs in Microsoft Windows Server and SQL Server licenses.
The Azure VMware Solution product group has created a series of guides to help customers plan the migration of their SQL Server workloads to Azure VMware Solution and enable Azure Hybrid Benefit.
These guides cover three different migration scenarios:
This guide describes the procedure to migrate standalone SQL Server instances, relying on HCX vMotion Migration.
Migrating Failover Clusters is the most challenging scenario, given the specific needs of shared disks for the cluster. The procedure relays on HCX as well but using Cold Migration, requiring a full stop of the database and the virtual machines forming the cluster.
Finally, migrating SQL Server Always On Availability Groups procedure is detailed in this guide. Using HCX vMotion and database replication mechanism customers will be able to seamlessly migrate their Always On clusters to Azure VMware Solution.
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Juan Manuel Rey is a Senior Technical Program Manager in the Azure VMware Solution product group at Microsoft. With near 24 years of experience in the industry, he has extensive background on Linux and Open Source, VMware and cloud technologies.