DBA cloud computing

I just wondered in your roles as DBA's, if you have like many migrated your servers from perhaps a locally managed infrastructure, to cloud based servers via say Microsoft Azure, has this had any impact on your role? I.e. do you still have DBA's internally, or when you migrate your servers to the cloud, do the service provider provide the DBA function? or is the cloud just providing the infrastructure and you still manage your database servers in the same way as you did when they were located on your internally managed infrastructure.
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Mohammed KhawajaManager - Infrastructure:  Information TechnologyCommented:
Some DBA functions such as backup and recovery, cluster setups, etc. will go away, however, DBAs performing functions related to the applications will still be required.  Hosting facilities usually tend to shy away from doing DBA functions related to your applications/environment as they are familiar with your business, requirements or infrastructure.

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pma111Author Commented:
Not from a DBA background myself, but could you provide some examples of "DBAs performing functions related to the applications"...
One of the reasons we migrated to Azure SQL is so that we won't have to have anyone provide 24/7 on call support, backup and recovery etc. This does eliminate the DBA role per se so the person taking care of the database functions is more of a developer than a DBA
Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
In my blog I did write the main tasks for a DBA.
Going for a cloud solution will basically leave the DBA to perform Tuning and Troubleshooting tasks.
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