Microsoft SQL Server & Reporting Services -- Windows Azure ?

What do you recommend (Azure, etc) to get the
below in-the-cloud so I don't have to worry
about hard drive replacement ?

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Current "non-cloud" Setup

 1. onPremise Microsoft SQL Server
    with Microsoft Reporting Services

 2. connects via VPN to Oracle
    database at another site
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btanExec ConsultantCommented:
1) Azure will be good though alternative can be build your own (DIY) using owncloud or else AWS is another candidates
It should be able to support a full-featured version of SQL Server, as well as allows you to build your own virtual private networks (VPNs) easily, bridging your cloud resources to your on-premises network. In fact, SQL Server Backup to Microsoft Azure builds on functionality is first introduced in SQL Server 2012, an GUI is used to configure backup to Azure from SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS).
See - http://blogs.technet.com/b/dataplatforminsider/archive/2014/04/08/sql-server-2014-brings-on-premises-and-cloud-database-together-to-improve-data-availability-and-disaster-recovery.aspx

Migration use case  - http://blogs.msdn.com/b/brunoterkaly/archive/2013/09/26/how-to-migrate-an-on-premises-sql-server-2012-database-to-windows-azure-sql-virtual-machine.aspx

Adding on, SQL Server Business Intelligence (has the reporting services) is another readily available provision
Hybrid –data on-premises
In this example deployment Analysis Services, Reporting Services, and the SQL Server Database Engine run on a single virtual machine. The virtual machine hosts the report server databases. The virtual machine is joined to an on-premises Domain through Azure Virtual Networking, or some other VPN tunneling solution.
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/jj992719.aspx

Use of Azure Virtual Network (VNET) is useful to segregate network for your cloud service and even extended to cover your on-premise database. http://azure.microsoft.com/blog/2014/09/15/azure-websites-virtual-network-integration/

Furthermore such Hybrid deployment using Azure website to (via Hybrid Connect) to connect your on-premises SQL Server is possible. But do consider during the "hybrid" also depending which is one you like to hold on premise (probably for security reasons) so that you can simply install the agent and exposed these on-premise resource than defining Azure VNET (include configure subnet) and exposing more resources on the VNET than what are required.
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/web-sites-hybrid-connection-get-started/

Just some Azure pricing of SQL store (e.g. include SQL Server Standard 2012 which comes with SSRS on a "Small" Server 2012 VM instance) - http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/virtual-machines/#sql-server


2) For remote Oracle VPN support, I do not see an issue taking VNET capability to extend and layer with site to site - meaning having your Azure instances to have VNET  extended to your remote site and with VPN setup from pt to pt. Thereafter the connection allows the DB interface as required. The Azure instance will still need (probably) some Oracle client agent to connect to it, which can include installing ADO.NET Entity Data Model for Oracle to interface with Oracle DB as per norm for .NET web service.

This is an instance of site to site VPN to (remote site VPN via) RRAS (though it is not Oracle and intent is to depict VNET and VPN is feasible). Best to check out your remote VPN supported (s/w or network device)...
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/dn636917.aspx
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