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Get the most out of Azure SQL Database
Azure SQL Database provides a broad SQL Server engine compatibility. This cloud database service automatically adapts to maximize performance, reliability, and data protection. Since the release in 2010, Azure SQL Database went all the way up to the 23-rd position in DB-Engines ranking.
You can start using Azure SQL Database in many different ways. From starting the development from scratch to migrating on-premises databases to the cloud, DB Best is always a reliable partner to help.
SQL Server upgrade path
For many customers, Azure SQL Database is the desired destination for their mission-critical on-premises SQL Server workloads. The Microsoft SQL Server to Azure SQL database migration path is simple, clear, and straightforward. Usually, these projects require the effort comparable with an upgrade of an on-premises database.
DB Best provides customers with comprehensive Azure SQL Database migration services. We start with discovering the best way to adopt the Azure cloud and end with a turnkey automated solution for seamless migration of databases and applications.
Moving on-premises workloads to Azure
Migrating on-premises databases to the cloud can be a daunting task. For example, in addition to converting your database code, you may need to re-architect your applications as well. Rarely you may lift-and-shift your applications to the cloud without any changes. Most often you need to create new solutions or modernize data-driven applications from old technologies and architecture.
The experts at DB Best have faced many of the cloud adoption challenges. We know all the workarounds, best practices, and automation techniques, which help migrate to Azure in a fast, efficient, and cost-effective manner. Take advantage of the unprecedented experience of our MVPs (Most Valuable Professional), MCMs (Microsoft Certified Master), and architects to accomplish your cloud mission.
How DB Best helps Azure customers
DB Best provides existing Azure customers with a rich set of Azure Database management services. Microsoft states that Azure fully manages your data infrastructure. However, our team always finds Azure SQL Database optimization opportunities. With in-depth experience with the Azure cloud, we can:
- Identify instances that can use less vCPUs than what’s currently provisioned
- Lower CPU utilization by optimizing poor performing queries
- Move instances running SQL Server Enterprise Edition to Standard Edition to save up to 75% of your licensing costs
Benefits of using Azure SQL Database
The list of Azure SQL Database benefits includes:
Featured services for Azure SQL Database
Here is a sample of the services that we provide to customers like you to support your Azure SQL Databases.
Need to know how to migrate SQL Server to Azure SQL Database? See how DB Best Technologies can help with configuring security, high availability, disaster recovery, and performance for one server to hundreds with our automation solutions.
Are your DBA's stretched thin? Offload your IT needs to a dedicated team with industry-proven processes and world-leading tools and products.
Check out the database consulting services we have used to help customers like you get the most out of their database platform.
See how DB Best can help tune your SQL Server workloads to guarantee maximum performance throughput
Nowadays DevOps services are an integral part of any agile application development life cycle. Our fine-tuned DevOps processes help customers automate application development stages, improve the code quality, minimize downtime, and eliminate errors.
Running on outdated versions of SQL Server? You're not alone! 60% of all databases are running on versions of SQL Server that are out of support or extended support. Learn why you need DB Best to accelerate your SQL Server upgrade projects.
DB Best can help you migrate Oracle to SQL Server achieving the performance, scale, and security of your mission-critical applications on-premises or in the cloud.
With SSMA DB Best can help migrate IBM DB2 to SQL Server to achieve the performance, scale, and security of their mission-critical applications.
DB Best can help migrate mainframe to SQL Server providing an opportunity to match or exceed the performance, scale, and security of their mission-critical applications.
Utilizing SSMA DB Best can help migrate Microsoft Access to SQL Server, achieving the performance, scale, and security of mission-critical applications you want.
Using SSMA we can help you migrate MySQL to SQL Server achieving the performance, scale, and security of your mission-critical applications you want.
At DB Best, we’ve helped our customers get the most out of Azure SQL Database. We have several ways to help you get started.
Everyone is talking about the need for a digital transformation, but how do you get there? See how our future-state architecture design can use cutting edge technology to meet your organization’s needs.
Looking to upgrade your SQL Server databases or move them to the cloud? Our Data Management Optimization for Microsoft Data Platform service provides you with recommendations and an ROI model to provide a future path for your digital transformation initiatives.
Are your databases conforming to best practices to make sure they are highly available, secure, being backed up properly, and conforming to your organization's service level agreements? If you are not sure, check out our Health Checks offer.
Trust the team who built the SQL Server Migration Assistant to provide you with SSMA support in migrating your Oracle, SAP ASE, IBM DB2, MySQL, and Microsoft Access databases to SQL Server or Azure SQL Database.
This Microsoft program helps your team develop a plan to upgrade your aging SQL Server 2000, 2005, 2008, and 2008 R2 database applications to the latest versions of SQL Server and Azure SQL Database.
Are you looking to stay ahead of the competition by using Azure? Our full day Azure data platform readiness training can jump start your team to better understand what is possible.
Learn how to take advantage of SQL Server 2017 and reduce costs by running on Linux, reducing performance troubleshooting time, and simplifying database security.
OUR CUSTOMER REDUCED COSTS BY OVER 20% BY OPTIMIZING AZURE ELASTIC POOLS
A leading provider of payroll and HR services in the United States faced difficulties configuring Azure elastic pools for their SaaS Azure app. The Azure tools provided by Microsoft were not flexible enough to fine tune the performance of 20,000 customer databases with different utilization patterns. Moreover, it was almost impossible to maintain so many databases manually.
DB Best engineers came up with a solution that allows automatic management of the customer databases basing on extensive monitoring of the elastic pools performance. Now the customer can optimize the Azure resources utilization that results in over 20 percent reduction of their Azure services costs.
Have a look at how we optimized elastic pools utilization in the following video.
Options for deployment
Azure SQL Database provides you with a selection of deployment options. You can opt for deploying a single database to a logical server or selecting an option to use an elastic pool on a logical server. This allows for sharing resources and reducing costs.
However, you may consider deploying your database to the Azure SQL Database Managed Instance. This option combines the best of SQL Server with the benefits of an intelligent, fully managed service.
And if you feel like one day you may need some extra storage, Azure SQL Database Hyperscale looks like the most prolific option. This new, highly performant database scaling technology allows for scaling compute and storage resources, without sacrificing performance.
Take full advantage of the operational and financial benefits of Azure SQL Database Managed Instances. With nearly 100% compatibility with the SQL Server engine, you can lift and shift your existing SQL Server workloads to the cloud within a short period of time.
What's in our Azure SQL Database Toolbelt
Here are some of the technologies that we use at DB Best to help you manage and migrate your Azure SQL Database solutions.
Our DBMSys platform collects data from multiple environments to develop a business case for modernization and chart an upgrade path while verifying servers conform to best practices.
Comparing two production databases for migration or an upgrade? Now you can do this with one powerful and simple tool that every DBA and database developer needs.
See how you can get the most out of SSMA from the company who originally created the tool for Microsoft.
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If you are looking to migrate your database platform for your solutions from Oracle Database or Sybase ASE (now SAP ASE), check out the white papers that we helped write for Microsoft to help you deploy your solutions using the Azure SQL Database managed service.
This white paper explores challenges that arise when you migrate from an Oracle 7.3 database or later to SQL Server 2014. It describes the implementation differences of database objec...
Summary: This white paper covers known issues for migrating Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise database to SQL Server 2014. Instructions for handling the differences between the two pla...