New SQL Database Service Tiers, Basic, Standard, And Premium Are Now Generally Available

Microsoft today announced that the the Basic, Standard, and Premium tiers which were available on preview are now generally available to everyone. These tiers address the needs of today’s demanding cloud applications by providing predictable performance for your light- to heavy-weight transactional applications while also ensuring the performance of your apps are no longer affected by other customer workloads.

Additionally, the new tiers provide you with the following new capabilities:

  • Higher uptime SLA, previously at 99.9%, uptime is now 99.99%–one of the highest in the database-as-a-service industry
  • Point-in-time-restore, with built-in backups and up to 35 days of data retention
  • Active geo-replication and standard geo-replication options for continuous data replication to geographically dispersed secondaries
  • Larger database sizes, previously at 150 GB, database max size is now up to 500 GB
  • Auditing for added security confidence (remains in preview)

Since the preview release in April, Microsoft has decided on the following key changes since the preview release:

  • New S0 performance level:  Within the Standard service tier, we have introduced an S0 performance level to ease the transition from Basic to Standard.
  • Premium and Standard price reductions:  Final pricing reflects up to 50% savings from previously-published GA pricing. GA pricing will take effect on November 1, 2014.
  • Hourly billing:  Starting today, Azure SQL Database will move to hourly billing in the new service tiers.

Read more on this announcement here.

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