Azure SQL Data Warehouse Compared to SQL Server

Azure SQL Data Warehouse will be a scalable, high-performance business intelligence (BI) data repository as a service based on SQL Server, but it has benefits and disadvantages as compared to using SQL Server for similar workloads on-premises.

Benefits include the following:

Azure scalable benefits. Customers of the service can benefit from cost elasticity to meet periodic, transitional, or seasonal workloads. Customers can scale computing resources to meet business requirements, enabling them to maximize the relationship between their expenditures and workload demands.

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