We all want high performing applications and when you are in the cloud that is no different, if anything it is even more important. With this post I will discuss some areas where I have been “stung” by so you can learn from my mistakes when using Azure SQL Database. Then I will dedicate a section on what tools you can use to help with your performance tuning exercises.
So here we go, the first installment of my cloud blog series. From my experience this concern is a common one, especially when relating it to the database layer. Data “leaks” via security breaches have been getting some real negative press lately, what tools and techniques do you have to protect your Azure SQL Databases? The answer is – A LOT across different components and that is what I will cover in this blog post.
I am an IT Professional from the UK with a huge interest in MS technology especially SQL Server and Azure. During 2015 I was mentored by Paul Randal – Data Platform (SQL Server) MVP from SQLskills.
I have written articles for SQL Server Central, TechNet, gathered data for SQLskills Waits and Latches Library. I have also helped the SQL Server product team with testing SQL Server vNext adaptive query processing feature.
My aim is to help you in your day to day work or to reinforce specific areas that I am interested in, so I try to keep things short and simple.
Sometimes I will reinforce basic concepts via a quick SQL Server video clip – https://blobeater.blog/sqlserver-video-library/
Arun Sirpal – BlobEater
p.s. I am no longer afraid to mention that I like Sheep.
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I have decided to do a 4-part series on Cloud “Fear Busting” scenarios. Why? Over the past few years working with the cloud (Azure) I have come across 4 main “fears” or “concerns” that stand out in my mind that people have highlighted when adopting cloud technology for their database tier. Each “fear” with form a blog post where I am hoping that after reading each post you will be “less” fearful. More specifically I will be looking at these topic areas:
- I have security fears for SQL Database.
- Performance Issues that I faced – Learn from my mistakes.
- There is no going back – can I get the data back?
- I’m a DBA – Will I lose control?
Hopefully you will join me.
They are watching me and my Azure SQL Database and recently I noticed a low impact performance recommendation was made. Naturally I became very interested. Within your database (when in the portal) under operations you may notice something similar to the below:
Setting up AD authentication with Azure SQL Database sounds simple, it is assuming you plan carefully. I did run into issues but once rectified it felt great using AD authentication in Azure rather than just SQL logins.
After using Microsoft SQL Server for over 10 years going back to MySQL feels weird BUT with Azure it is really easy to build a MySQL database and I have a feeling that this might be the start of an incoming change for some. For this post I want to show you what Azure currently offers I then create a MySQL database and connect to it via Azure Cloud Shell.
This month’s T-SQL Tuesday entry hosted by Koen Verbeeck (http://sqlkover.com/t-sql-tuesday-89-invitation-the-times-they-are-a-changing/), a blog post about how we feel about the ever changing times within our technology space. Personally I love this new era of cloud computing and do not feel threatened in anyway.
I want to show you how I went from having multiple single SQL databases in Azure to a database elastic pool within a new dedicated SQL Server. Once setup I create and use elastic jobs. This post is long but I am sure you will find it useful.
A very quick post for today, I was navigating my way through the Azure portal within my SQL databases section and came across an edition that I had never seen before and I became very intrigued. It is called Premium RS (currently in preview mode) meaning we now have four tiers to select from – basic, standard, premium and premium RS.