SQL Server modernization. There is a lot of talk that the new electricity is data, that analytics are the basis for company decision-making and they are absolutely right, with the volume of information that is available, it is suicide not to use this analytics to make better business decisions. But all this information comes from transactional data sources, such as Microsoft SQL Server. The estimated use of SQL Server compared to its competitors is 37% of the total number of database engines used, but now comes the devastating figure, more than 50% of these databases are in versions SQL Server 2008 or earlier.By Francisco Racionero CEO Aleson ITC, SLShowever, businesses increasingly demand more performance, more security and more scalability. Therefore, we consider that it is time to modernize the systems in SQL Server. The migration and modernization process should be aimed at more up-to-date versions, which allow businesses to face challenges with a clear vision of the future, which helps companies maintain performance and security levels appropriate to the needs of the business and the environment. Experience tells us that, even if you have maintained your databases, even if you have worried about the systems, there comes a time when the platform needs to be modernized. It is not only about changing hardware, but this modernization must be deeper, it must start from the resilience of the systems to the different changes that occur in the companies, without having to be aware if my database will endure.
At Aleson ITC we are committed to modernizing Microsoft SQL Server to the cloud and giving priority to Microsoft Azure. On what basis do we make this recommendation to our clients? Let’s start with the part that most benefits the business, scalability in costs and adaptation to business growth without having to invest in new hardware and of course OPEX vs CAPEX.Secondly, SECURITY, using advanced services available only on the Azure SaaS platform, such as Vulnerability Assessment or Advanced Threat Protection. Enterprise license capacity, such as high availability by default or the ability to encrypt the database transparently to the applications. Third, at the operational levels, features such as Automatic Tuning that help improve and maintain performance of the databases or Auditing that allows knowing the access to the data by third parties and is highly oriented to compliance with the GDPR.
SQL Server Modernization
All these conditions make us consider the advantage that the cloud gives us when it comes to hosting SQL Server workloads in Azure. How do we approach a migration to the cloud of a SQL Server database system? A migration to the cloud of all or part of a system, is given by a study of the business benefits that our client will obtain, exhaustive planning and a technical, robust and functional approach. Of course, any migration has to be under the umbrella of security, cost control and systems governance. The Aleson ITC team is next to its clients, trying to be part of their team and coordinating at all times to achieve the goals that have been proposed. Our team is highly qualified in Microsoft SQL Server and Azure, which is a guarantee of success when migrating data workloads to the cloud.Author: Francisco Racionero CEO Aleson ITC, SL