SQL Server Hosting with Azure

Small and medium-sized businesses can save money, improve cash flow and improve competitiveness by hosting SQL Server in the cloud using Microsoft Azure. In this short video, Simon Crow, managing director of Victoria Wall Associates, explains how and why his company worked with Compete366 to host a new CRM system on an Azure SQL Server hosting solution.

About Victoria Wall Associates

Victoria Wall Associates (VWA) is a specialist recruitment consultancy in London supplying support staff to the Financial Services sector and the Investment Management arena in particular.

The company had selected a specialist recruitment CRM system offering additional functionality and ease of use. But, the new CRM needed to run on a SQL Server. VWA discussed a number of options with Compete366 before choosing to host its SQL server in the cloud using Microsoft Azure.

Why VWA chose Azure SQL Server Hosting

VWA chose Azure because of its cost-effectiveness and flexibility.

  • Microsoft Azure is very cashflow-friendly because there are no upfront costs and it’s billed on a pay-per-use basis.
  • Azure SQL server hosting is also extremely flexible compared to owning and operating servers. Hosting can be changed easily, according to business needs.

Compete366 clients pay for a monthly managed service which can be scaled up, scaled down, or extended to add extra applications. In this case, VWA extended by adding an extra module to its CRM system giving it mobile app functionality too.

Compete366, is a Microsoft Cloud specialist and a Gold Microsoft Azure Partner. Compete366’s unique service approach enabled VWAs Azure environment to be set up quickly and cost-effectively and the company still manages the Azure hosting for VWA today.

If you’d like to find out how we can help you migrate your data to Azure, simply get in touch. We’ll be pleased to help.

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“It’s great to work with the Compete366 team, the team members are really knowledgeable, helpful and responsive. No question is too difficult for them. They have really helped us to manage our Azure costs and ensure we have the right environment. When we bring a new customer on-board we can scale up immediately via the Azure portal and quickly make environments available to our customers.”

“We also find that there’s never a heavy sales pitch from them – they are technically focused and recommend what’s right for us.”

Paul Coyne, Rusada

“We had great support from the Compete366 AVD expert, who was really helpful, and guided me through options to tackle issues that arose.”

“The great thing about our AVD set up is that we have a custom set up for each project which Compete366 showed me how to do. And with the scalability and flexibility of AVD – we can meet clients’ expectations and get project users up and running more quickly.”

Amir Dangol, Senior IT Manager, Integrity

“We were immediately impressed with the advice that the Compete366 specialists in Azure Architecture were able to provide. This was all new to us and we really needed some external expertise that we could use to get our questions answered. The beauty of working with Compete366 is that we transferred our Azure consumption to them, and at the same time received all of their advice and guidance free of charge.”

Tim Entwistle, Head of Software Development, Herrco

“Working with Compete366 has been like extending our own team – they are extremely and easy to work with. Right from the outset, it was clear what was on offer – everything was presented to us in a straightforward and uncomplicated way. They also provided just the right level of challenge to our developers and saved us time and money by suggesting better ways to implement our infrastructure.”

Oliver Mackereth, Project Director, Hanse

“Compete366 were able to help us leverage some useful contacts in Microsoft. We really value the expert advice and guidance that they have offered us in setting up a highly scalable infrastructure. We are also setting in place a regular monthly meeting which will allow us to further refine our architecture and ensure we keep on track as our requirements grow and change.”

Matt Brocklehurst, Technical Director - AWOL Adventure

“I have been delighted with the migration, where my team worked very hard, supported by expert advice from Compete366, and achieved everything in the timescale we had set out. Compete 366 made sure that we didn’t make any expensive mistakes, and guided us through the process”

Darrell Cann, Managing Director, APEX
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