If you are on the right track and started moving to Azure 🙂 then sooner or later you will need to move some of your databases to Azure. One option would be to spin up a VM in Azure and manage your own SQL Instance, which in my opinion bypasses the whole idea of SaaS and Azure.
So most probable option is to spin up a databases (or even a table service). Azure does not allow you to restore onsite databases via the portal, luckily there are some great tools that can help:
- SQL 2014 provides native support for Azure databases and should address most of your requirements
- Alternatively use the tool from http://sqlazuremw.codeplex.com/. It’s quite comprehensive and allows you to restore\create etc. to Azure from local SQL instances