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Quickly and confidently move your SQL Server databases at scale to the cloud. 


Azure SQL Database Managed Instance

Moving your SQL Server databases to Azure has never been more straightforward and economical.  Easily migrate your databases to Azure and experience the rich SQL Server programming surface area in the cloud, with the operational and financial benefits of the intelligent, fully-managed Azure SQL Database.

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Do more with your data workloads for less when you move from on-premises to the fully-managed Azure SQL Database.

Is it time to move your data to the cloud? Companies that moved their on-premises and hosted data to Azure SQL Database can see real benefits and cost savings, making Azure SQL Database the most economical destination for your SQL Server databases.

Return On Investment


Less expensive than on-premises/hosted services


Increase in staff efficiencies


In savings per migrated


In savings per migrated database in 5 years


(The Business Value of Microsoft Azure SQL Database Services, IDC, March 2015)

What is SQL Database Managed Instance?

Managed Instance is a deployment option in SQL Database that enables you to quickly and confidently move your SQL Server databases (2005 and newer) at scale to the cloud. SQL Database shares a common code base with SQL Server and supports most of the same features at both the database and instance level, so you can reduce or eliminate the need to re-architect your apps for the cloud.

Two options for optimum performance

Select just the right amount of compute resources (vCores) and storage and manage them independently for maximum flexibility. 

Best for
Data applications with basic IO and basic availability requirements
Business-critical data applications with fast IO and high availability requirements
Compute tiers
8, 15, 24, 32, 40, 64, 80 vCores
8, 15, 24, 32, 40, 64, 80 vCores
Fast remote storage 32GB – 8TB per instance
Super-fast local SSD storage 32GB – 4TB per instance
1 replica, no read-scale
3 replicas, 1 read-scale

Experience instance-level compatibility with SQL Server 

Managed Instance provides instance-level compatibility for SQL Server features. You can reduce or eliminate the need for application changes when migrating your data.

Accelerate your app development and make maintenance easier and more productive using familiar SQL tools and resources: native backup and restore; cross-database queries and transactions; SQL Agent and Alerts; Service Broker; CLR and more.

Maintain workload isolation with native VNET integration

Experience full networking isolation for your workloads through native VNET support in Managed Instance. Maintain full control over inbound and outbound traffic where the Managed Instance is deployed.

Stay up to date in the cloud

As a deployment option in Azure SQL Database, Managed Instance takes advantage of the key benefits provided by the service:

  • Intelligent features to optimise performance and security
  • Built-in HA and active geo-replication
  • Automated backup and point in time restore
  • Azure Active Directory for identity management

Azure is the most economical destination for your SQL Server workloads

Managed Instance General Purpose Managed Instance General Purpose Managed Instance Business Critical* Managed Instance Business Critical*
License included**
W/ Hybrid Benefit**
License included**
W/ Hybrid Benefit**
8 vCores
16 vCores
24 vCores
Type of Storage/IO Included with Compute (per SKU) Additional Price
General Purpose
Business Critical
IO Rate
$0.20 per 1 million requests
* Business Critical available for preview Q2 CY18
**Monthly rate for pricing at General Availability 

Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server

Save up to 30% with Azure Hybrid Benefit

Maximise your on-premises licensing investment by exchanging your existing SQL Server licenses with active Software Assurance and save up to 30% on SQL Database Managed Instance.





Exclusive to Azure: Get more for your virtualised workloads

SQL Server with Software Assurance

SQL Server Enterprise Edition customers with Software Assurance who are exploiting the unlimited virtualization benefit can move to Managed Instance at a cost-effective rate.

Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server provides SQL Enterprise Edition customers with Software Assurance the ability to get 4 cores in the cloud for every one core they own on-premises when selecting SQL Database Managed Instance General Purpose. Managed Instance General Purpose best meets the requirement for virtualised workloads, making the move to Managed Instance highly cost-effective.

Take a look at some of our Azure projects...

EPos Logic: Azure Migration

Leading pharmaceutical supplier selects DSP to design and implement their migration to Microsoft Azure. 

David Philips: Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Azure

Furniture retailer David Philips achieved improved performance, scalability and cost with a Hybrid Azure cloud solution.


DSP Microsoft Customers

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"Selecting a company like DSP is the best option as you receive a tailored database service. Generalists are not focused on the aspects required.”

Chief Executive Officer | EDM


"We live and breathe this every day but it was really impressive how quickly DSP got on board with our systems and processes in order to start delivering results from the outset."

Head of Infrastructure | Zopa


"Our relationship now is so much more than just client-and-supplier; it is a genuine partnership. It’s more valuable to us as it means we grow and develop as an organisation while working with DSP."

IT Manager | BRITA UK





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