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Microsoft Azure Development Cookbook Second Edition by Neil Mackenzie, Roberto Freato

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Creating a SQL Database server and database

SQL Database is a multitenanted database system in which many distinct databases are hosted on many physical servers managed by Microsoft. SQL Database administrators have no control over the physical provisioning of a database to a particular physical server. Indeed, to maintain high availability, a primary and two secondary copies of each SQL Database are stored on separate physical servers, and users can't have any control over them.

Consequently, SQL Database does not provide a way for the administrator to specify the physical layout of a database and its logs when creating a SQL Database. The administrator merely has to provide a name, maximum size, and service tier for the database.

A SQL Database ...

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