In addition to on-premises, you can now run SQL Server in the cloud with SQL Azure. SQL On-premises has been a long-standing traditional way of running enterprise resources but of now emerging are Cloud Solutions.
And SQL Azure is solidly built and proven technology that offers solutions in the cloud, on-premises and on the edge. SQL Azure provides more than 100 services to build, deploy, and manage applications.
While on-premises can build intelligent, mission-critical applications using a scalable, hybrid data platform for demanding workloads. Also in the cloud configurations are made even much easier as you can get started with SQL Server 2019 on Azure Virtual Machines in minutes.
The scalability is achieved easily because the cloud offers preconfigured images on both Linux and Windows. Enterprise IT pros now do not have to take costly time to develop and troubleshoot the database environment for deployment.
With SQL in the cloud, you can also take advantage of unique built-in security and manageability to automate tasks like patching and backups and save with Azure Hybrid Benefit.
Azure Hybrid Benefits makes advantage of costs by reusing your existing on-premises licenses.
It is also easy to get started with 12 months of free services and USD200 in credit.
So both on-premises and in the cloud Azure offers solutions including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS).
The cloud solutions outstand the on-premises on the easier and faster configurations, already made and preconfigured deployment scenarios and security enhancements. So you save on time spent on configuration.
More noticeable is that Microsoft continues to add more capabilities and features to Azure SQL Database.
But if you are too savvy for having things done by yourself the on-premise is still ideal.