If you’re still creating databases locally for all your development and testing needs, it’s time to give yourself the kick you need to start doing things a little differently and learn something new in the process.
Going to Azure isn’t as complicated as you think (if you start small). If you’re worried about costs, there are tons of credits floating around to make the learning cycle quick and painless.
First, setup a Resource Group, for a listing of all Azure related terminology, check here. When you’re done doing this, navigate down to SQL Databases and create a database server (a URL) and whatever associated database you want to go along with it.
In my portal view, this looks a little like this where I now have a server and a database.