, davewill wrote

the exporting of the bacpac of that 2.7 GB database to Azure storage took 1 Hour and 13 minutes on top of the 25 minutes waiting for the database copy.  (important detail: all in the same datacenter)

Hm, that is both surprising and disappointing - I get considerably better performance on my SQL Server at home running on commodity hardware. I'll send an email to the Azure guys and see if that's normal or not.