Relational DB for MSSQL

A Microsoft SQL database as a service instance.

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Deploy an Enterprise Microsoft SQL Relational Database Immediately

Relational DB facilitates agile development by delivering fast access to an enterprise-hardened, high performance Microsoft SQL database instance. You don't have to be concerned with building out physical infrastructure for your database, since our service is delivered on our fast and powerful cloud platform. You'll have a fully-functioning database, provisioned on your own private network, in a matter of minutes.

Comparing Relational DB to managing a database yourself

Benefits of Relational DB

Deployment in Seconds

Contemporaty software development demands ever-increasing responsiveness. Most IT departments simply can't afford the time it takes to deploy physical database infrastructure. Our Relational DB service offers an obvious alternative, providing rapid access to an enterprise-hardened Microsoft SQL database instance on your private network. This means your team can be loading data and developing applications in a no time.

Blazing Fast Performance

To achieve the best possible performance, CenturyLink's Relational DB service is delivered on our high performance cloud platform. This platform was designed specifically for distributed workloads and data scale and delivers minimum 15,000 IOPs.

Agile Development-Friendly

Enterprises and organizations today are shifting more and more toward agile development, as IT departments and dev teams are under constant pressure to be increasingly responsive to business demands. Leverage Relational DB for agility, by gaining access to a fully functional Microsoft SQL database instance with single-click deployment.

MSSQL Relational DB Features

Simple Deployment

  • A single click returns a MS SQL database connection string
  • Compute is provisioned simultaneously
  • Provisions to customer's private network


  • Database configuration
  • Daily backups held for 7 days
  • Database Restores
  • Point in Time Restore from Backup


  • Control backup time
  • Usage notifications
  • OS and DB patching included
  • View Queued Action History in UI
  • View Database Logs

Use Cases

Database proofs of concept with Relational DB

Facilitate Proofs of Concept

You can quickly and easily test drive a Microsoft SQL database with CenturyLink Cloud's Relational DB Service. With a single click, you'll have a cloud environment available to test database interoperability with your workflow. Don't tie up precious IT resources - either human or infrastructure - to build out a database you are likely to only need for a few weeks or months. With Relational DB Service, you can be testing your MS SQL database proof of concept in minutes.

Relational DB Enables Rapid Software Delivery of Cloud Native Applications

Control IT Sprawl

In an enterprise IT environment, it's common for hundreds or even thousands of copies of databases to be created over time. Sitting idle, consuming on-premises infrastructure, these forgotten relics can equal millions of dollars of wasted CapEx. As Big Data becomes the norm, DB infrastructure management has become increasingly complicated. Relational DB Service is an obvious solution for balancing the increasing need for dynamic databases at the user's discretion while minimizing infrastructure costs.

Relational DB saves on database costs

Cost Savings from Virtualization

Recent hypervisor advancements such as significantly larger memory and I/O capabilities provide enhanced performance and scalability. This allows IT departments to consider a much broader set of applications as candidates for virtualization, and to realize the cost savings that virtualization offers. Companies are virtualizing all kinds of apps and their databases, including test, development and mission-critical DBs. Along with this come higher demands, which Relational DB Service is designed to deliver.

Relational DB is ideal for dev/test

Ease Shifting from Dev to Production

Relational DB Service provides a safe and simple way to help transition a database through the application development process. During development, you can provision Microsoft SQL databases in low-cost configurations geared toward dev activities. As the application evolves, seamlessly scale these databases for production, reconfiguring them with higher levels of availability and performance. Or just turn off any instances that you don't need once you're out of dev/test.

Recommended Configurations

Montlhy Prices Displayed

MS SQL Web MS SQL Standard MS SQL Enterprise
vCPU Ram (GB) Storage (GB) Single Instance With Replication Single Instance With Replication Single Instance With Replication
2 8 need-based * $180.84 $329.68 $648.84 $797.68 $1,908.84 $2,057.68
4 32 need-based * $485.20 $938.39 $953.20 $1,406.39 $2,213.20 $2,666.39
4 64 need-based * $796.24 $1,560.47 $1,264.24 $2,028.47 $2,524.24 $3,288.47
8 128 need-based * $1,592.47 $3,120.95 $2,528.47 $4,056.95 $5,048.47 $6,576.95

* Storage pricing not included; instance need will vary.

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