Azure SQL Databases: Use active Geo-Replication for critical applications

I've been trying to make it a point to learn more about Azure offerings since I do believe it is changing the IT landscape and has some great benefits.  In my opinion one of the best (and probably easiest) Azure services available is Azure SQL Databases.

One of the things found really interesting is that for "mission critical" applications you still need to use replication and, more importantly, PAY for more than one instance. 

According to this link: