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Azure Database for MySQL: Managed Database Service From Microsoft

Posted by Kevin Booth on Oct, 07, 2021 10:10

In the contemporary global market, the complexity of business processes is increasing along with the competition between organizations irrespective of their sizes. The success of organizations in this competitive industrial sector is dependent on the proper use of big data. But, the process of deriving benefits from big data can be quite time-consuming. This is the reason why relational databases have developed in the past decades. The relational model is the inspiration behind the development of the relational database and it has led to the evolution of a more intuitive method of representing data through charts and tables. In this blog post, we will go through one such database service, Azure Database for MySQL Pricing, and features

The instances of the use of this model include the tracking of inventories, processing the transactions in the e-commerce sector, managing huge amounts of crucial customer information, and others. Thus, relational databases are a way of gaining access to relatable information securely and consistently.

Azure Database for MySQL: Meaning

MySQL Feature Benefits

It refers to a fully managed database management system that allows the user to perform application development activities apart from managing the internal database. The service is easily operated, simple to configure, and can scale data according to the server capacity chosen by the user company.

Uses of features included in the Azure Database for MySQL pricing range:

The uses can be stated in the following manner:-

  • The service is used for controlling how the user company’s server is used.
  • It can be compatible with several operating systems platforms and several major programming languages.
  • It is used for performing database management functions at a flexible rate.
  • The service is used to store volumes of data at a scale according to the server capacity chosen by the user company.

Azure Database for MySQL pricing: Explanation of the plans

It refers to a completely managed database service that helps in the development and deployment of applications. The product also has built-in capabilities like high availability of data for which no extra costs are charged to the user company. The Azure Database for MySQL pricing range can be categorized into the following parts:-

  • Single Server
  • Flexible Server

The pricing tiers can be enumerated in detail in the following manner:-

Single Server The Single Server is a database service that has the least requirements in terms of customizing a database. This platform is designed to tackle various kinds of database management functions including data patching, backup storage, data security, faster transaction processing, and many others. The deployment model of the single server is available in three different pricing structures, namely,

  1. Basic
  2. General Purpose
  3. Memory Optimized.

The various tiers consist of different capabilities that support the user organization’s database workloads. The Single Server tier of the Azure Database for MySQL complements the applications provided under the cloud platform which are developed to tackle the automated patching without the requirement for granular control on the schedule of patching.

Basic Suitable for light compute and I/O performance.

  1. Computes are provisioned in the form of Virtual Cores (VU).
  2. Compute Gen 5
moreMemoryPrice
12 GiB$0.034/hour
24 GiB$0.068/hour
  1. Storage can be provisioned up to 1TB
 Price
GB/month$0.10
  1. Backup storage is the storage that is associated with automated backups of your server.
 Price
Locally redundant GB/month$0.10

General Purpose – This is apt for the business workloads that need balanced compute and memory.

  1. Compute is provisioned in Virtual cores.
  2. Compute Gen 5
moreMemoryPrice1 year reserved3 year reserved
210 GiB$0.176/hour$0.1021/hour ~42% savings$0.0688/hour ~61% savings
420 GiB$0.351/hour$0.2042/hour ~42% savings$0.1375/hour ~61% savings
840 GiB$0.701/hour$0.4083/hour ~42% savings$0.2749/hour ~61% savings
1680 GiB$1.402/hour$0.8165/hour ~42% savings$0.5498/hour ~61% savings
32160 GiB$2.804/hour$1.6330/hour ~42% savings$1.0996/hour ~61% savings
64320 GiB$5.607/hour$3.2660/hour ~42% savings$2.1991/hour ~61% savings
  1. Storage is charged according to the provision of the user organization’s server.
 Price
GB/month$0.115
  1. Backup is the backend storage associate with the automated backups of the chosen server.
 Price
Locally redundant GB/month$0.10
Geographically redundant GB/month$0.20

Memory-Optimized – Manages high-performance database workloads that need an in-memory performance to transactions faster at a higher concurrency.

  1. Compute is provisioned in the form of Virtual Cores.
  2. Compute Gen 5
moreMemoryPrice1 year reserved3 year reserved
220 GiB$0.237/hour$0.1295/hour ~45% savings$0.0870/hour ~63% savings
440 GiB$0.473/hour$0.2590/hour ~45% savings$0.1740/hour ~63% savings
880 GiB$0.945/hour$0.5179/hour ~45% savings$0.3480/hour ~63% savings
16160 GiB$1.890/hour$1.0357/hour ~45% savings$0.6959/hour ~63% savings
32320 GiB$3.780/hour$2.0714/hour ~45% savings$1.3917/hour ~63% savings
  1. Storage is charged according to the provision of the chosen server.
 Price
GB/month$0.115
  1. Backup storage is related to the automated cups set according to the server.
 Price
Locally redundant GB/month$0.10
Geographically redundant GB/month$0.20

Flexible Server- The flexible server deployment option is a completely managed database service for app development. This service is designed to provide the users with the required flexibility and required customizations related to server configurations based on the user organization’s needs. The Flexible server is also apt for the workloads that need custom maintenance windows. This server is available based on three distinct pricing categories, namely,

  1. Burstable
  2. General Purpose
  3. Memory Optimized.

Burstable – Apt for workloads that need flexible computing.

  1. Burstable compute
InstancevCoresMemoryPay as you go
Basic11 GiB$0.017/hour
B1MS12 GiB$0.034/hour
B2S24 GiB$0.136/hour
  1. Storage is charged according to the provision of the user company’s server.
 Price
GB/month$0.115
  1. Additional IOPS
 Price
IOPS/month$0.05
  1. Backup is associated with the automated storage infrastructure of the server chosen.
 Price
GB/month$0.095

General Purpose – Useful for workloads that need balanced compute nodes.

  1. General Purpose Computer
InstancevCoresMemoryPay as you go1 year reserved         3 year reserved
D2 v428 GiB$0.171/hour$0.1026/hour ~40% savings$0.0685/hour ~60% savings
D4 v4416 GiB$0.342/hour$0.2051/hour ~40% savings$0.1369/hour ~60% savings
D8 v4832 GiB$0.684/hour$0.4101/hour ~40% savings$0.2737/hour ~60% savings
D16 v41664 GiB$1.368/hour$0.8202/hour ~40% savings$0.5474/hour ~60% savings
D32 v432128 GiB$2.736/hour$1.6404/hour ~40% savings$1.0948/hour ~60% savings
D48 v448192 GiB$4.104/hour$2.4605/hour ~40% savings$1.6421/hour ~60% savings
D64 v464256 GiB$5.472/hour$3.2807/hour ~40% savings$2.1895/hour ~60% savings
  1. Storage is charged according to the provision of the server chosen by the user company.
 Price
GB/month$0.115
  1. Additional IOPS
 Price
IOPS/month$0.05
  1. Backup Storage customization is done about the automated backups performed by the chosen server.
 Price
GB/month$0.095
  1. Read Replica allows the replication of data across the universal replica regions.

Memory-Optimized – Apt for high-performance database workloads that need faster transaction processing and higher concurrency in the transaction logs.

  1. Memory-Optimized Compute
InstancevCoresMemoryPay as you go1 year reserved3 year reserved
E2 v4216 GiB$0.236/hour$0.1299/hour ~45% savings$0.0874/hour ~63% savings
E4 v4432 GiB$0.472/hour$0.2598/hour ~45% savings$0.1748/hour ~63% savings
E8 v4864 GiB$0.944/hour$0.5196/hour ~45% savings$0.3495/hour ~63% savings
E16 v416128 GiB$1.888/hour$1.0392/hour ~45% savings$0.6989/hour ~63% savings
E32 v432256 GiB$3.776/hour$2.0784/hour ~45% savings$1.3978/hour ~63% savings
E48 v448384 GiB$5.664/hour$3.1176/hour ~45% savings$2.0967/hour ~63% savings
E64 v464504 GiB$7.552/hour$4.1568/hour ~45% savings$2.7956/hour ~63% savings
  1. Storage is charged according to the automated backups performed by the storage engines.
 Price
GB/month$0.115
  1. Additional IOPS
 Price
IOPS/month$0.05
  1. Backup storage is the backup storage size associated with the automated backups performed by the chosen server.
 Price
GB/month$0.095
  1. The Read Replica feature permits the heavy workloads to scale beyond the capacity of one flexible server.

Description of features available in Azure MySQL:

The features that are available can be described as follows:-

  • The service is a fully managed service that is compatible with the MySQL community edition that gives the user maximum control and flexibility over the operations of the database.
  • The service also provides several performance recommendations that are based on custom analysis and suggestions derived from MySQL database optimization.
  • The development experience is simplified through tight integration with the other Azure services and tools.
  • Finally, enterprise-grade security and compliance features are made available for the user organization under the service.

Integration with other Azure services:

Benefits of MySQL on Azure

One of the biggest advantages of using the Azure Database for MySQL is the fact that the service can be seamlessly integrated with other Azure services and tools. This implies that the user organizations can derive the benefits of this relational database system along with utilizing the features of other Azure services to their advantage.

Security features within this Pricing range:

The security features made available with the other features under the Azure Database for MySQL pricing range include the security guarantee of Microsoft. These features can be enumerated in the following manner:-

  • The user company can find, track and find remedies to potential threats while they occur by using the Azure Defender.
  • Along with this, the data isolation can be configured through a virtual network.
  • There is an option of performing double encryption on the data using custom keys and transport security layer 1.2 enforcement. This means that the organizational data is encrypted both at rest and in motion.
  • As the service is developed by Microsft, it provides industry-leading compliance to HIPAA, PCI, FedRAMP and ISO in a built-in format.

Reasons for choosing Azure Database for MySQL:

MySQL Database Types on Azure

The features included in the Azure Database for MySQL pricing range can prove to be beneficial for all kinds of organizations irrespective of their size, industrial sector, and kinds of workloads. To begin with, the legacy storage technology of the service helps the user organization to store its data according to the server it chooses to work with. The service is often thought to be synonymous with the Azure SQL Database but in fact, it is powered by the MySQL community edition. Apart from this, the service can perform scaling storage according to the server type chosen which means that the server can scale data as well store it based on the pattern chosen.

For an organization to choose a self-managed MySQL certain points should be put under consideration. These can be categorized as follows:-

  • Cost reduction is usually the primary consideration for the user company.
  • The billing system of the service should consist of several tiers to aid the user organisation to choose a suitable pricing range.
  • Security and administration of database service are also some of the considerations to be made before choosing the database management service.

Based on the above-mentioned points, the features under the Azure Database for MySQL pricing range are apt for playing the role of a database management service in all kinds of organizations.

Use Cases of MySQL Database on Azure

Azure Consultation by EPC Group:

The EPC Group is one of the leading consultation partners of Microsoft Dynamics and Azure tools and applications. A competent team of experts is employed by the company to support their clients through the implementation and usage of various software applications available under Microsoft. Being one of the leading cloud solution providers, the services and applications designed by Microsoft comes with a security guarantee but often require a proper consultation partner to derive benefits from its use.

In this context, the EPC Group has more than two decades of experience in customizing training programs relating to Azure tools, for all kinds of clients. In addition to this, the company is also a Gold certificate partner of Microsoft which implies that choosing EPC Group as the consulting partner would be beneficial for companies looking forward to utilizing Azure Database for MySQL as their database service.

Conclusion:

In conclusion, it can be said that apart from the features included in this pricing range, the fact that the service is available in several pricing ranges, makes it easier for all kinds of organizations to opt for the service and derive its benefits in their business processes.

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