As part of Microsoft’s aggressive cloud strategy, the Azure platform has been getting new releases and new features at a rapid pace. The Azure SQL Database is the most important service that DBAs need to be aware of, a system where we get fully managed databases and pay for the performance characteristics and recovery features of them. It is similar to the SQL Server databases you have on premise but different in what the DBA can control, what Azure manages for you and how it can be scaled up or down.

Come learn how to sign up for Azure, get started with SQL Database and the differences between the different Basic, Standard and Premium databases services.


Warner Chaves, Microsoft Data Platform Principal Consultant The Pythian Group

Warner is a SQL Server MCM, Data Platform MVP and Principal Consultant at Pythian, a global Canada-based company specialized in DBA services. A brief stint in .NET programming led to his early DBA formation working for enterprise customers in Hewlett-Packard ITO organization. From there he transitioned to his current position at Pythian, building and managing data solutions in many industry verticals while leading a highly talented team of Data Platform consultants.