SQL Server 2005 is now officially out of support. So, what are you waiting for? At DB Best Technologies, we’ve seen three key customer challenges that organizations have when running SQL Server 2005. In this blog post, we’ll introduce these challenges and provide examples of how DB Best can help you accelerate your upgrade path.
Common customer challenges running with SQL Server 2005 and Windows Server 2003
Legacy systems require a higher level of maintenance
When legacy systems encounter problems, the impact can have a substantial effect on time and cost. Waiting days or weeks to recover from an outage can put organizations at a competitive disadvantage and delay critical business decisions.
Organizations no longer know how to support legacy applications
Over the years, the organization’s tribal knowledge of legacy applications evaporates. As a result, developers are afraid to make modifications to the software or infrastructure because of the lack of available regression tests.
The sheer number of legacy applications appears to be a monumental problem
Most organizations have no idea where to start in tackling the daunting number of applications and databases that they have acquired and developed over the years. Now that support has ended for platforms like Windows Server 2003 and SQL Server 2005, organizations cannot afford to be out of compliance with their software vendors and auditors. Organizations lack the understanding of what applications need to be archived, upgraded, replaced, or re-architected to meet their future needs.
How can DB Best help overcome these challenges?
There are three ways that working with DB Best can help overcome your SQL Server 2005 upgrade challenges:
Greater reliability with newer hardware and software
By upgrading to modern hardware and software, applications can take advantage of the latest advances in technology for performance, reliability and consolidation. The end result is a much greater organizational capability, significantly lower IT costs, and a clear modernization path to the cloud. DB Best works with hardware vendors like SanDisk to accelerate SQL Server workloads.
Automation for greater understanding of your applications and environment
DB Best’s automation methodology provides detailed reports of your application and database environment to better understand the dependencies between systems. Interactive reports allow you greater insight into your compliance risks and provide your organization the data they need to get the greatest business value from a modernization effort.
Deploy at scale to modern hardware and software or to the cloud
DB Best’s automation techniques analyze your application’s database requests to determine compatibility. Based on the findings, DB Best automates the upgrade process with built-in fault tolerance to the new target environment, saving you time and money.
Get started with DB Best SQL Server upgrade project
DB Best has developed a well-defined and structured approach of how to move the existing application off the legacy software to Microsoft SQL Server 2016 and Azure.
The key benefits of this approach includes:
- Low-impact capture of environment exposes non-compliant systems
- Interactive reports provide the foundation for assessing high and low-risk systems
- Compatibility assessments minimize downtime during maintenance period
- Ongoing assessments and course corrections ensure higher business value
- Automation of upgrade and testing processes provide greater confidence
- DB Best is there to support you after the upgrade process for business continuity