Using managed Microsoft SQL Server databases in the cloud could offer your organization multiple benefits, from improving performance to making it easier to provision infrastructure and update software. The different services that provide these managed cloud instances, however, differ in cost and performance.

We recently tested three different sets of managed instances, each set pitting an Azure SQL Managed Instance versus an instance from Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) for SQL Server. Across those three sets of instances using three common SQL Server database workloads—two for online transaction processing and one for data analysis—Azure SQL Managed Instance significantly outperformed Amazon RDS.

To learn more about our testing and results, read the report.