SugarCRM supports both MySQL and Microsoft SQL Server, and it runs SQL Azure in Microsoft's cloud. In this Information Week report, Clint Oram, founder and VP of the open source CRM company says he wants SugarCRM to be run as a service from any one that customers want. Following a testing period with customers, Oram has given a nod to Azure, calling it "one of the strongest platforms".
"Oram thinks customers will like that Azure makes it easy to move both an application and data between an in-house data center and Microsoft's. While SugarCRM supports both MySQL and Microsoft SQL Server, it runs SQL Azure in Microsoft's cloud. Oram says companies will take advantage of that compatibility. 'You can opt to run SugarCRM on premises, keeping your data private, then decide to migrate to a SaaS strategy with very little engineering effort,' he says. Moving to the cloud gives companies benefits such as automated high availability, he adds."