Building a Bridge to the Cloud With Azure SQL Database Managed Instance

Nick Harshbarger

Published On: October 1, 2018

Categories: Azure, Global Partner Network 0

Are your clients exploring which SQL Server workloads to move to the cloud, but struggling with the scope of “lifting and shifting” all that data? To ease customers’ transitions to Azure, Microsoft has introduced Azure SQL Database Managed Instance, which is essentially a stepping stone to the cloud that retains some of the most essential features of on-premises SQL Server, such as replication. By understanding the specific use cases Managed Instance targets, you can help your customers map an optimal path to the cloud.

Becoming generally available on October 1, 2018, Managed Instance delivers a fully managed option for those who are looking for a hybrid solution between cloud-based and on-premises SQL Server deployments. In advance of the Azure SQL Database Managed Instance release to Public Preview, SentryOne announced monitoring support for Managed Instance in SQL Sentry, so companies can gather actionable performance metrics on SQL Servers running on Managed Instance.

Moving to Managed Instance is a great option for organizations that want to transition some workloads to the cloud without the cost and time commitments of a wholesale move to the cloud—and without giving up some of the features of on-premises SQL Server. Managed Instance is especially appealing to companies with massive data estates and complicated data architecture.

In a recent blog post on, Tim Radney wrote an in-depth analysis on the differences between Managed Instance, on-premises SQL Server, and Azure SQL DB. In a separate blog post on the SentryOne team blog, John Martin announced the new features in SQL Sentry that will support Azure SQL Database Managed Instance. We’re excited to share this information with the SentryOne Global Partner Network, so you can continue to meet your clients where they are in their cloud migration journey.

For more information about how you can help clients transition to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance, check out our webinar “Azure SQL DB Managed Instance: A New Path to the Cloud, on October 2 at 11AM ET.

Nick (@nicharsh) is the Senior Vice President of Cloud Alliances for SentryOne and is responsible for leading the SentryOne relationships with Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, and other cloud providers. Prior to joining SentryOne, Nick was Vice President of National & Strategic Accounts for Dictaphone - Healthcare Division. Previous experience includes sales management positions with Computer Associates, NEC Computer USA, Tegra Varityper, and Heath/Zenith Computer Systems. Nick holds a BA degree in Economics from University of Dayton in Dayton, OH.