1. Introduction to SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines

Introduction

In this chapter, we introduce the relational SQL Server products that you can use in Azure to store and process transactional data in a relational format, which is to say data stored in tables and columns. To get started on this discussion, there are a few terms and concepts that are important to understand.

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