Lift and Shift Always ON SQL Server Failover Cluster Instance (SQL FCI) to Azure VMs


 

Today, we are announcing two new features enabling lift and shift of Always ON SQL server Failover Cluster instances (SQL FCI) from on-premises to Azure Virtual Machines: Distributed Network Name (DNN) for SQL FCI and Azure Shared Disks for SQL FCI.

 

SQL FCI has been commonly used for years to protect SQL Server instance in case of a failure (hardware failures, operating system failures, application, or service failures), or a planned upgrade. With SQL FCI, SQL instance will be moved to an available Windows Server Failover Cluster (WSFC) node if the current node fails, transparent to the client