mapping Oracle data types
Use Caution When Mapping Oracle Data Types for Procedures and Function Parameters in SSMA
05 Jun 2019

When converting Oracle database code to Microsoft SQL Server, I often face the problem of correctly mapping Oracle data types to SQL Server data types. I regularly use SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) to automate Oracle database code conversion to SQL Server. However, SSMA’s default data type mapping for Oracle procedure and function parameters uses the maximum possible size for each specific data type to prevent data loss. This approach causes unintended consequences with application code.

create or alter sql server
Using Create or Alter Statement in Microsoft SQL Server
23 May 2019

Managing customer’s SQL Server applications, we discovered a significant performance decrease related to query execution time. We figured out that the reason for that was the execution of a script, which checks the existence of database objects before updating them. Initially, the developers created this script to emulate the behavior of the CREATE OR REPLACE statement from many other database platforms.
We solved the performance issue by replacing the original script with a new code snippet.

modernization from oracle to sql server
Advanced Engineering Application Modernization from Oracle to SQL Server

As moats create obstacles in the way of an invader, so do proprietary database features for developers. One of Oracle’s proprietary features is the Oracle Call Interface (OCI) which provides efficient communication between application code and the database. There are other ways to connect to Oracle, but once you have committed to OCI, you are “protected” from switching to another database. In this blog post, we break down an application modernization from Oracle to SQL Server for an advanced engineering-oriented […]

SQL Server Database GDPR Title
A better way of deleting historical data from a large highly concurrent SQL Server table meet GDPR compliance
11 Feb 2019

One of our customers, a global digital media company, came to us with an interesting problem. As part of their General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance program, our client identified two tables that contained hundreds of millions of rows of historical user login data. GDPR states that you can process personal data while there is a contractual obligation with your client. However, once you terminate the contractual obligation and you have no legitimate interest with the data, deleting historical data […]

SQL Server licensing
Server consolidation and virtualization for optimizing SQL Server licensing expenses
28 Nov 2018

One of the leading US agricultural suppliers wanted to upgrade their SQL Server system in order to reduce their overall SQL Server licensing expenses. We performed a thorough financial and technical analysis of their existing OLTP and BI/OLAP database system, and provided a number of optimization suggestions. In addition, we delivered a modernization roadmap to give the customer an idea of potential future plans. Discover how we approached this project from the following video. Complex customer’s system Before our customer […]

Validating AWS EC2 SQL Server deployments using benchmark tools
16 Nov 2018

As cloud computing becomes more and more popular and demanded among our customers, quite often we at DB Best need to answer the simple question: “How can I get the best value for running my SQL Server workloads on AWS EC2 instances?”. Issues like mistakenly using older generation EC2 instances or not optimizing your EBS volumes can prove to be costly. Likewise, not all hardware supporting the AWS infrastructure is created equal, despite the fact that they try to keep […]

Azure SQL Database Hyperscale
Top 3 Azure SQL Database Hyperscale Benefits
08 Nov 2018

When customers feel the need for speed and size, Microsoft announced at Ignite a new service called Azure SQL Database Hyperscale. This service offering is now available public preview as of October 1, 2018. Think of this as cloud-based Oracle RAC for SQL Server or Amazon Aurora for SQL Server in terms of the ability to scale SQL Server up to 100 TB! Like Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Microsoft separated the Compute processing from the Storage so that you can […]

A global leader in legal content management services migrates from Sybase to SQL Server
Migrate Sybase Java applications to SQL Server for content services provider
04 Oct 2018

A leading provider of content services for the legal industry looked to DB Best to help them modernize their aging Sybase ASE and IQ solutions that were built on top of an old IBM AIX system. We helped our customer in the past with a Sybase ASE migration. The challenge for this project — migrate Sybase Java applications along with the associated Sybase ASE and IQ database solutions to SQL Server running on AWS EC2. In this video blog post, we’ll […]

Top 5 reasons for migrating to Azure SQL Database Managed Instances now!
02 Oct 2018

Microsoft is doubling down on Azure SQL Database Managed Instances (DMI) this year. There are some amazing Microsoft offers to provide a Platform-as-a-Service for running SQL Server on Azure. More importantly, there is a much higher degree of capability with DMI than what is available with Azure SQL Database DTU and vCore service levels. In this blog post, you will discover the most important reasons for migrating to Azure SQL Database Managed Instances. Also, you will learn how DB Best experts […]

Windows IIS and SQL Server on AWS
Deploying Windows IIS and SQL Server on AWS with CloudFormation
16 Aug 2018

In order to modernize their existing applications, databases, and infrastructure, the Office of the President of the University of California (UCOP), approached DB Best with a desire to not only create their ideal database environment but to cut costs along the way. Throughout our intensive discovery stage, we determined that we could help our client cut costs by migrating their Windows Internet Information Services (IIS)  and SQL Server to the Amazon Cloud (AWS). Over the course of our partnership, DB […]