Understanding database options in Azure is a very important part of our cloud journey. All services that we use must, in the end, store information somewhere. Microsoft Azure offers extensive data platforms and multiple services in which we can store data. We'll start with the relational database management system (RDBMS) as the most traditional database model, and we'll discuss cloud options for SQL Server as Microsoft's on-premises solution for RDBMS.
To run SQL Server in Azure we have two different options—IaaS and PaaS. Database in PaaS is often referenced as DaaS. We'll explain both approaches and examine other services in Azure data platform.