The Structured Query Language (SQL) has long been one of the leading programming languages for relational database management systems (RDBMS). These relational databases are used across a wide range of industries, including software, ITSM, healthcare and finance to categorize and store corporate data.

Microsoft SQL Server 2008/2008 R2, an RDBMS solution created by Microsoft has been one of the popular databases. But Microsoft has already ended software support for SQL Server 2008 on July 9, 2019, and for SQL Server 2008 R2 on January 14, 2020, leaving many enterprises without bug fixes and technical support. This is a perfect opportunity for enterprises to leverage new cloud-native RDBMS solutions.

Trianz experts have extensive knowledge of the latest database technologies, including Azure-native solutions like MySQL, PostgreSQL and Microsoft SQL Server 2019. By migrating your legacy database to one of these platforms, you will benefit from lower operating costs and improved performance on the Microsoft Azure cloud.

Benefits of SQL migration to Azure

Cloud-native databases can leverage extensive functionality on cloud platforms like Microsoft Azure. These databases are leaner, faster and more resilient than their legacy counterparts, offering numerous tangible benefits for your business. Microsoft offers its own database solution in the form of SQL Server 2019, but there are numerous other options available for more niche workloads.

By migrating your SQL database to Azure, you will experience the following benefits:

  • Scalable, high-performance databases – Unlike on-prem, the cloud offers elastic resource scaling. This means your database can automatically provision more computing resources when necessary and scale back down during periods of low demand. Elastic scaling helps enterprises to sustain consistent database performance in the long-term while minimizing CapEx through monthly billing cycles.

    To achieve performance parity with the cloud on-prem, you will have to make a large upfront investment, which may be cost-prohibitive for SMEs. This makes the cloud an ideal solution for smaller enterprises with less cashflow that need SQL database hosting services.

  • High reliability – Database solutions can be finicky to manage, and this problem is further exacerbated by system downtime. This can disrupt data ingestion, and when left unresolved for too long, can drive up your recovery time objective (RTO).

    With cloud hosting platforms, the provider will offer something called a service level agreement (SLA), which will guarantee a minimum level of uptime for your services. On Microsoft Azure, the Azure SQL Database service, in particular, offers an unrivaled 99.995% uptime guarantee. Microsoft also offers an RTO of 30 seconds, and a recovery point objective (RPO) of 5 seconds, minimizing business disruption if your services go down.

Leverage Trianz’s SQL Migration to Azure Services

Trianz is a leading database migration assessment and execution provider that has helped hundreds of Fortune 500 and SME clients leverage cloud-native SQL database hosting on Azure. Our experts hold competencies across a range of RDBMS SQL types, including MySQL, PostgreSQL, Microsoft SQL Server 2019, and MariaDB. We can develop solutions using these SQL languages, and many more on the Azure SQL Database platform.

We offer a range of SQL database migration services on Azure, including:

  • Legacy database migration – Database migration is no easy task. Differences between your source and target environment create discrepancies that can render your database unstable—or even worse, unusable. Even if you manage to migrate your database, platform-specific optimizations will not be in place, reducing the efficiency of your new database platform.

    Trianz understands how complicated the database migration process can be, and offers a solution in the form of DataVision+. This solution automates the extract, transform, load (ETL) process that is required during migration. DataVision+ will perform data validation and cleansing as it migrates your data, ensuring that your data sets are fully optimized for your new target environment on Azure.

  • Managed databases on Azure – The complexity of database administration can quickly consume valuable human resources, especially as your database grows. These databases need ongoing management to minimize duplicate entries and cleanse your data sets, both of which speed up query processing times.

    Trianz is a leading managed service provider (MSP) that has achieved MSP partner status for Microsoft’s Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program. This allows us to develop and manage industry-leading database solutions on Azure for our clients. Your IT department will benefit from lower workloads by opting for a database managed service on Azure, freeing up time for new business developments rather than fighting fires. Our experts can execute a full migration to Azure, before taking the reins and managing your database in the long term. This will guarantee the performance, reliability and integrity of your sensitive data sets, acting as a solid foundation for further business growth.

SQL database migration to Azure with Trianz

While it is possible to operate without a database solution, a database offers many benefits to the enterprise. By categorizing and structuring your data in an RDBMS solution on Azure, your business will have quick and easy access to reference data for business applications and data analytics. This will be essential as your business grows, acting as a foundation for digital service delivery to your customers.

We have already helped hundreds of Fortune 500 clients leverage SQL databases on Azure. We can help you too. Get in touch with us today!

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