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When to Choose Azure Storage or Azure SQL Database

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Question Recommended Technology
Are you trying to keep costs low while storing significantly large data volumes in the multi-terabyte range? Use Windows Azure Table Storage
Do you require a flexible schema where each data element being stored is non-uniform and whose structure may not be known at design time Use Windows Azure Table Storage
Do your business requirements require robust disaster recover capabilities that span geographical locations?

Do your geo-replication needs involve two data centers that are hundreds of miles apart but on the same continent?
Use Windows Azure Table Storage
Do your data storage requirements exceed 150 GB and you are reluctant to manually shard or partition your data? Use Windows Azure Table Storage
Do you wish to interact with your data using restful techniques and you don’t want to put up your own front-end Web server? Use Windows Azure Table Storage
Is your data less than one 150 GB and involves complex relationships with highly structured data? Use Windows Azure SQL Database
Do your data requirements involve complex relationships, server-side joins, secondary indexes, and the need for complex business logic in the form of stored procedures? Use Windows Azure SQL Database
Do you want your storage software to enforce referential integrity, data uniqueness,primary and foreign keys? Use Windows Azure SQL Database
Do you wish to continue to use your SQL reporting and analysis tooling? Use Windows Azure SQL Database
Does your database system relied heavily on stored procedures to support business rules? Use Windows Azure SQL Database
Do your business applications currently execute SQL statements that include joins, aggregation, and complex predicates? Use Windows Azure SQL Database
Does each entity or row of data that you insert exceed 1 MB? Use Windows Azure SQL Database
Does your code depend on ADO.NET or ODBC? Use Windows Azure SQL Database

 

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