I’ve been doing a series of blog posts comparing Azure and AWS services that I’ve used in production. This post is before production usage, but I’ve been researching and experimenting in preparation for proposing moving our databases to Azure and wanted to share my results so far.
Before I could propose this move I needed to understand the cost differences. To do that I needed to know which level of Azure SQL was equivalent to our m1.medium instance at AWS.
An AzureSQL Standard Tier S3 database performs is about 7% faster than a SQL Server SE 2008 R2 database running on an m1.medium instance of AWS RDS. Price comparison are hard because AWS RDS has a sea of options to choose from, but if you meet the requirements for SQL Server Web licensing then pricing is similar.