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Interested in managed PostgreSQL and MySQL databases on Microsoft Azure? Take advantage of high availability and disaster recovery features with Microsoft Azure's new platform as a service.

Challenges with running MySQL and PostgreSQL


Throughout our experience with managed database services, we often see customers struggling with MySQL deployments and PostgreSQL based applications. Here are some examples of challenges that customers face, and how we can help deploy your open source databases to Microsoft Azure.

Configuring high availability infrastructure

Configuring high availability infrastructure in a VM environment requires help from operations teams.

With Microsoft Azure Database Service for MySQL and PostgreSQL, Azure provides 99.99% availability, utilizing triple redundant storage and automatic failover of nodes within the same data center as needed. Microsoft has stated that geo-replication is on their roadmap. However, if you need cross-database replication between data centers, our expert PostgreSQL and MySQL DBAs can help you configure replication using Azure virtual machine infrastructure.

Backup and restore management

Managing backups and handling point-in-time restore often requires DBA support for either database platform.

With Microsoft Azure database service for MySQL and PostgreSQL, Azure provides regular backups at 5 minute intervals with the premium tier. Azure simplifies point-in-time restore for your team. However, sometimes you need to dig into transaction log information for a full recovery. Our DBA team can help train your team on the best practices for full data recovery.

Using Microsoft Azure Database for MySQL and PostgreSQL deployments


While Microsoft offers Azure Database as a managed database service, it’s not exactly a drop-in replacement for businesses already using PostgreSQL or MySQL. In trivial cases, only the application connection string needs to change at the web server level. However, as the service expands to support geo-replication, complex application code used to handle failover scenarios must use the new API for the service.

For customers using Azure, we recommend they consider Azure Database for MySQL and PostgreSQL since it delivers the following:

  • Built-in high availability with no additional cost.
  • Predictable performance, using inclusive pay-as-you-go pricing.
  • Scale on the fly within seconds.
  • Secured to protect sensitive data-at-rest and in-motion.
  • Automatic backups and point-in-time-restore for up to 35 days.
  • Enterprise-grade security and compliance.

These capabilities require almost no administration, and are all provided at no additional cost. They allow you to focus on rapid app development and accelerating your time to market rather than allocating precious time and resources to managing virtual machines and infrastructure. In addition, you can continue to develop applications with open source tools and the platform of your choice; delivering with the speed and efficiency your business demands without having to learn new skills.

Here is how the service works for MySQL, however the same applies to PostgreSQL deployments.

Microsoft Azure Database Service deployments for MySQL and PostgreSQL

 

 

Getting Started Offers


At DB Best, we help our customers get the most out of managed Azure database service. We can offer you several ways to get started.

Everybody is talking about the need for a digital transformation, but how do you get there? See how our future-state architecture design can use cutting edge technology to meet your organization’s needs.

Looking to upgrade your old SQL Server databases or move them to the cloud? Our Data Management Optimization for Microsoft Data Platform service provides you with recommendations and an ROI model to provide a future path for your digital transformation initiatives.

If you have a Microsoft Software Assurance agreement, you would have received vouchers which allow for extending your on-premises applications to the public cloud to help reduce IT complexity and costs. See how DB Best can help you deploy your database solutions in the Microsoft Azure cloud.

Are you looking to stay ahead of the competition by using Azure? Our full day Azure data platform readiness training can jump start your team to better understand what is possible.


We offer these services to support migration of your workloads to Azure Database for PostgreSQL and MySQL.