Azure has technically supported MySQL as a service for several years, through its partner, ClearDB. I’d say it’s safe to report that few Azure users were impressed with the offering, which was expensive, especially given its limitations.
Last summer, Azure also announced the ability to create MySQL databases within an App Service app, but these were limited to operating within a specific app instance and therefore couldn’t scale, couldn’t be reached from outside the app and had their performance limited by the capabilities of the App Service instance.
So the offering of MySQL as a service from Microsoft itself, as well as PostgreSQL, is a welcome development (pardon the pun), mostly because it promises to be truly scalable, which the ClearDB offering was not, and will overcome the limitations of running databases in App Service instances. (more…)