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Today I’ll give an overview of Microsoft’s newly released (in preview) Elastic Database Jobs service. This is considered as a fully hosted Azure service, whereas the previous iteration was a custom hosted and managed version available on SQL DB and SQL DW within Azure.
It’s similar in capability to an on prem SQL Server Agent, but it can reach across multiple servers, subscriptions and regions. SQL Agent is limited to just the instance on the server for the database that you’re managing. This gives you a much wider range across all your different Azure services.
Other benefits and features:
Basically, it reduces management maintenance overhead with its ability to go across subscriptions. Normally, you’d have to have that job run on a specific server; but now within Azure, where you are running managed databases, you can run operations across those databases without having to set up separate jobs.
So, a cool feature – it’s now only in preview so it’s sure to grow and I’m excited about the direction. Whether it’s data or Azure, Pragmatic Works is doing it. If you have questions about the Elastic Database Jobs or anything Azure related, click the link below or contact us—we’d love to help.
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