Moving your SQL Server databases to Azure has never been more straightforward and economical.  Easily migrate your databases to Azure and experience the rich SQL Server programming surface area in the cloud, with the operational and financial benefits of the intelligent, fully-managed Azure SQL Database.


Do more with your data workloads for less when you move from on-premises to the fully-managed Azure SQL Database.

Is it time to move your data to the cloud? Companies that moved their on-premises and hosted data to Azure SQL Database can see real benefits and cost savings, making Azure SQL Database the most economical destination for your SQL Server databases.

406% - Return on investment
53% - less expensive than on-premises/hosted services
47% - increase in staff efficiencies
98% - less database related downtime
£14,018 in savings per migrated database in 5 years

The Business Value of Microsoft Azure SQL Database Services, IDC, March 2015


What is SQL Database Managed Instance?

Managed Instance is a deployment option in SQL Database that enables you to quickly and confidently move your SQL Server databases (2005 and newer) at scale to the cloud. SQL Database shares a common code base with SQL Server and supports most of the same features at both the database and instance level, so you can reduce or eliminate the need to re-architect your apps for the cloud.


Two options for optimum performance

Select just the right amount of compute resources (vCores) and storage and manage them independently for maximum flexibility. 


Best for

Data applications with basic IO and basic availability requirements Business critical data applications with fast IO and high availability requirements

Compute tiers

8, 16, 24 vCores 8, 16, 24 vCores


Fast remote storage 32GB – 8TB per instance

Super-fast local SSD storage 32GB – 4TB per instance


 1 replica, no read-scale

3 replicas, 1 read-scale


Experience instance-level compatibility with SQL Server 

Managed Instance provides instance-level compatibility for SQL Server features, reducing or even eliminating the need for application changes when migrating your data. Accelerate your app development and make maintenance easier and more productive using familiar SQL tools and resources:

  • Native backup and restore
  • Cross-database queries and transactions
  • SQL Agent and Alerts
  • Service Broker
  • CLR and more


Maintain workload isolation with native VNET integration

Experience full networking isolation for your workloads through native VNET support in Managed Instance. Maintain full control over inbound and outbound traffic where the Managed Instance is deployed.


Stay up to date in the cloud

As a deployment option in Azure SQL Database, Managed Instance takes advantage of the key benefits provided by the service:

  • Intelligent features to optimise performance and security
  • Built-in HA and active geo-replication
  • Automated backup and point in time restore
  • Azure Active Directory for identity management


Azure is the most economical destination for your SQL Server workloads

  Managed Instance General Purpose Managed Instance Business Critical*

License included**

W/ Hybrid Benefit**

License included**

W/ Hybrid Benefit**

8 vCores





16 vCores





24 vCores






Type of Storage/IO

Included with Compute (per SKU)

Additional Price

General Purpose



Business Critical



IO Rate NA

$0.20 per 1 million requests

* Business Critical available for preview Q2 CY18
**Monthly rate for pricing at General Availability 


Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server



Save up to 30% with Azure Hybrid Benefit

Maximise your on-premises licensing investment by exchanging your existing SQL Server licenses with active Software Assurance and save up to 30% on SQL Database Managed Instance.



Exclusive to Azure: Get more for your virtualised workloads


SQL Server with Software Assurance

SQL Server Enterprise Edition customers with Software Assurance who are exploiting the unlimited virtualization benefit can move to Managed Instance at a cost effective rate.

Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server provides SQL Enterprise Edition customers with Software Assurance the ability to get 4 cores in the cloud for every one core they own on-premises when selecting SQL Database Managed Instance General Purpose. Managed Instance General Purpose best meets the requirement for virtualised workloads, making the move to Managed Instance highly cost effective.