Without a doubt, SQL Server DBAs and database professionals are among the most reluctant customers to adopt cloud anything, and there are some good reasons for that. SQL Server is a business critical infrastructure component that most organizations simply won’t trust to the cloud. Those organizations have a significant investment in on-premises hardware and software, plus moving to the cloud involves a number of risks.
Microsoft has recognized that most businesses are going to be sticking with their on-premises infrastructure for some time, and it has quite pragmatically come out with several hybrid cloud options that can be a real value to SQL Server customers. These hybrid cloud options don’t require you to move the primary processing of your SQL Server databases to the cloud. Instead, they add value and provide options to businesses that weren't available before. Let’s take a look at some of the most important SQL Server hybrid cloud options for SQL Server.