In the not too distant past Azure SQL Database was known to many as just “cloud-based SQL Server” without the full features needed to encourage a move to it from on-premises SQL Server. Times have changed! Azure SQL Database, with the addition of deployment models like Managed Instance and storage technologies like Hyperscale, has matured into a formidable competitor in the PaaS database space. Join me as I walk you through how these technologies work behind the scenes, what options that gives you as you and your company consider migration, and how the Azure SQL Database family has given companies a powerful platform to store and use their data without much of the management overhead and hassle.


Matt Gordon, Director of Database Management

Matt is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and has worked with SQL Server since 2000. He is the leader of the Lexington, KY PASS local group and a frequent domestic and international community speaker. He’s an IDERA ACE alumnus and 2020 Friend of Redgate. His original data professional role was in database development, which quickly evolved into query tuning work that further evolved into being a DBA in the healthcare realm. He has supported several critical systems utilizing SQL Server and managed dozens of 24/7/365 SQL Server implementations. Following several years as a consultant, he is now the Director of Database Management for, where he is implementing data governance, DevOps, and performance improvements enterprise-wide.