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Superior database performance using SQL in Azure

The experience and expertise of our team will bring a best practice approach to helping you grow your digital estate, putting security and reliability front and centre.


In the UK, 48% of companies reported that they were using Azure SQL Database in 2020.


Azure SQL Database is the most used PaaS database service in the UK. 85% of Fortune 500 companies use Microsoft Azure Cloud.


Azure SQL Database is almost three times more cost-effective than running SQL on-premises in the UK.


According to a Forrester study, migrating SQL to Azure can result in a 238% ROI over three years.


Migrating your data with the help of a best in class team


Ensuring a seamless migration is an important factor for any organisation considering an upgrade to their data storage. Our expert team will ensure this is delivered quickly and efficiently with minimal downtime.

We’ll help to make sure that your business gets the most out of SQL in Azure, working in partnership to understand your requirements. The team will deliver a solution that meets your objectives and supports your business growth.

Technological excellence

We’ve been a technology-first company for more than 20 years, helping our clients to capitalise on new competitive advantages and innovations to stay at the top of their game. Our natural curiosity, coupled with a purpose built testing lab, means we’re always testing the latest tech for our customers.

Our breadth of experience, and our partnership approach, means you get a formidable extension of your own team – committed to helping you achieve your goals and reduce your risks, whatever project we’re supporting you with.

Experienced at every level

We work with organisations of all sizes, within multiple sectors, with diverse – and often complex – IT setups. We’re experienced in tackling complicated projects and designing solutions that cut right through to the results.

Cross-divisional benefits

As well as our cloud specialists, you’ll have access to consultants, engineers, and technicians across our departments. From cyber security, to smart technologies, to modern workplace – we’ll support your organisation with whatever it needs.

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Integration, targeting, reliability and peace of mind

Using our vast knowledge and expertise, we’ll work with you to give you the very best advice. Here are some issues you might be familiar with:

The right digital strategy
The bigger picture is key here, and something we’ll work on with you to make sure we understand it. We’ll also ensure integration with the rest of your business objectives for cloud services.
Right service and size
Assessing your current set up will help ensure that the target SQL environment is best suited to your needs.
Security and reliability
Data protection and service availability will be at the forefront of the design. We will architect your solution to help reduce your attack surface and provide high availability so that we can keep any disruption to a minimum.
We know that SQL workloads often come with a high dependency on other applications or datasets. Making sure we understand what these are before creating a SQL solution will support a smooth migration and minimise downtime.
Migration peace of mind
Moving your SQL and datasets can seem like a daunting task. Using Azure Migrate will help ensure a seamless transition. Post-migration support is also important to make sure everything is functioning as it should be.


We’re always thinking ahead so you don’t have to


Speedy modernisation

Azure SQL PaaS offers near 100% compatibility with modern SQL databases, which allows existing SQL server customers to modernise their applications quickly and with minimal changes, providing enhanced security, scalability and hybrid flexibility features.


Functional features

Azure SQL Paas offers a range of innovative features that enable strong integration with on-premises SQL servers, and the broader Azure platform, such as Managed Instance Linking offering near real time data replication from an on-premises SQL database to an Azure SQL Managed Instance.

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Commercial deliver. We are fortunate to work with some amazing partners. Here are some examples of great things we hear every day.

The Tesco procurement team have been delighted with the way Commercial share our desire to entrench sustainability into our supply chain – we really are kindred spirits. Our ethical and sustainability policies are of paramount importance to our reputation and the Commercial team reviewed and approved all products in a short timeframe. Commercial are already committed to the ETI base code and are working on achieving EcoVadis accreditation for all suppliers on the Tesco account.


We’ll help you find the right solution that works best for your business

With more than 20 years of experience in providing network operations, for every shape and size of businesses, we offer the best in class technical expertise to customers at every level of digital maturity.

Whether this is the first step in your journey towards becoming a cloud-first organisation, or you’ve been innovating for a number of years, we’ll work with you to deliver the right solution quickly and efficiently.

Years Experience

The bigger picture

Project management is just part of what we provide for our clients. Our teams will always go above and beyond to deliver.

The perfect partnership

We’re focused on the long game, working with organisations to support them with their technology and business goals.

Sustainable solutions

Every project we deliver goes through internal reviews to ensure its green credentials. We’ll always find the lowest carbon solutions for you as part of your digital strategy.

Embedded expertise

When we’re working with you, we become an extension of your team. Getting to know you and your team is an important part of our process to help us understand your objectives.

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Commercial deliver. We are fortunate to work with some amazing partners. Here are some examples of great things we hear every day.

The new Walsall Housing Group office is a fantastic, fresh and modern workplace thanks to the wonderful work of the Commercial interiors team. They created a steering group to work alongside us to understand our demands and held regular meetings during the design process to keep us informed of the progress. Our desire was for a more collaborative space, with meeting booths and one-to-one seating, rather than traditional desks – and they delivered a fantastic final fit-out over the full four-floor building.
Each year, Commercial supplies accessory packs to graduate trainees at a leading accountancy firm, which are then picked, packed, and delivered to their home addresses by the Commercial Foundation. This not only guarantees that every new employee has the necessary equipment to be productive from their first day but also allows their IT team to focus on other responsibilities. Collaborating with the Commercial Foundation generates substantial social value returns on investment for the firm and contributes to improving the lives of the Foundation's volunteers.
Wollens have enjoyed a long-standing and fruitful partnership with Commercial because they are always introducing innovations and improvements to our IT environment. As the threat of cyber-attacks increases it was vital that we strengthened our capabilities for dealing with a ransomware attack with a cloud-based backup solution. Our solution means data cannot be altered or deleted, giving us a crucial way of recovering data to minimise any potential downtime and financial losses
Working with Commercial for our branded materials has proved to be effective and collaborative. The team is efficient and they listen to requests for improvements. Commercial has made branded goods simple.
As E-commerce in retail continues to grow, Commercial’s stock-management and fulfilment expertise has allowed a leading UK retailer to free huge amounts of warehouse space. Commercial took on the stocking of our employee uniform, transferring to a new supplier with the management of the supply being consolidated into their existing supply accounts. Not only did this free vital space in their distribution centre, the consolidated supply of all GNFR delivered significant delivery cost savings.
At JoJo Maman Bébé we are happy to work with the Commercial Foundation and support inspiring work they do to help disadvantaged young adults. Like us, the Foundation are a B Corp certified organisation that is proven to put purpose ahead of profits. We have enjoyed working with their volunteers to help with a mug-making activity. We are now working alongside them to create an introduction gift for our new employees, these include printed mugs, pens and notebooks.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the more common questions you might have about SQL in Azure. But please get in touch if there’s anything else you’d like to ask.

What is Azure SQL?

Azure SQL is Microsoft’s cloud-based relational database service that is built on SQL Server technologies.

What types of databases can be used in Azure SQL?

Azure SQL supports both relational (SQL Server, MySQL, PostgreSQL, MariaDB) and non-relational (Azure Cosmos DB) databases.

How can I connect to an Azure SQL database?

You can connect to an Azure SQL database using either the Azure portal or access directly through SQL Server Management Studio.

What features does Azure SQL provide?

Azure SQL provides features such as automatic performance tuning, storage optimisation, security, backups, replication, and HA/DR for enhanced business continuity.


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