Migration Options

The Database Migration projects are usually part of larger application modernization efforts. DB Best realizes that no two database migration projects look the same. Based on your business needs, we can provide you with a variety of choices for your database conversion project. They include retiring the application, multiple levels of interoperability, or simple data migration. Also, we can do a complete “fork-lift” replacement on the application and database. The choice is yours — just let us know how we can help you convert a database to a new platform!

Benefits of database migration

Usually, the main reasons behind database migration to a new platform are:

  • Reduce maintenance costs and risks
  • Increase the overall system’s performance
  • Ensure seamless scalability of your apps
  • Meet the latest industry and security standards
  • Build a highly available solution
  • Use the latest version of database software
  • Adopt fast and reliable cloud services

The world’s #1 migration experts

DB Best is recognized by some of the biggest names in the data management industry. Particularly, DB Best earned 5 Gold Microsoft Partner Network competencies. These include Data Platform and Cloud Platform competencies, which highlight our expertise with database migrations on-premises and in the cloud. DB Best is an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner with competency for AWS Database Migration Service.

Our experienced team of 450+ solution architects, database experts, and software engineers migrated hundreds of large databases on-premises and in the cloud. Make use of our hands-on experience with 16 different database management systems as well as with three major cloud providers to reach new heights and business goals.

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Five Application and Database Migration Options

Here are the five migration options that we look at when trying to understand your application portfolio.



Retire the Application

Based on our migration assessment, we can help you identify unneeded applications as the first step to reduce maintenance costs.

Interoperability with the Current Application

In this option, enterprise customers are essentially leaving the current data transaction as is and implementing new capabilities outside of the current data platform.

An example of this would be where a customer has an Oracle database and would build SQL Server Integration, Analysis, Reporting, and Business Intelligence Services outside of the current data-store. In this case, you don’t need to perform Oracle data migration to SQL Server.

Migrate the data exclusively

DB Best can help you efficiently modernize and migrate your legacy database applications to database technologies such as SQL Server, MySQL, PostgreSQL, etc. We can deploy the new database solution in your data center or on clouds platforms like Azure, AWS or GCP with minimal to no impact to your business continuity.

By utilizing a set of automated tools as well as proven data migration methodologies we can rapidly modernize your schema and move data to your target database platform. Then, we will perform unit and integration testing to validate data migration. Finally, we will execute the necessary application remediation efforts to recreate the application connection points to the new database. Your organization will quickly achieve the performance, scalability, security, and flexibility that are all part of your new data platform.

Rewrite the Application and Optimize for New Database Platform

It is often most cost-effective to rewrite the application to gain the performance and flexibility that you require. DB Best has deep knowledge of all major development tools and frameworks — from the Desktop and Mobile Devices to the Web or the Cloud. We can easily help you convert a database to a new platform and modernize your application to take advantage of any new platform.

Rehost the Application

Simply rehosting the current solution on a more cost-effective platform can provide immediate benefits. You can move your app from the mainframe to an x64 platform or rehost the application to the cloud. No matter what you choose, Microsoft Azure, AWS, or Google Cloud Platform, DB Best can help you rehost your app. This will help achieve the scale, reliability, and lowered TCO you desire.

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We are the experts in Database Migration

DB Best goes well beyond standard point-to-point migration service providers. We take a vested interest in your migration strategy, providing innovation, back-end integration, accelerated return on investment. Most importantly, we deliver an end-to-end solution that meets your business needs.

We start with a migration complexity assessment. Based on its results, our database engineers can quickly create a strategic migration plan. This will allow for migrating and transforming your current database assets. Then our team of experts will help you evaluate and implement the most cost-effective solutions for migrating and modernizing your database applications.

Over the last decade, DB Best has created and refined a multi-step program for helping our customer migrate their database assets. Our DB Best 12-step database migration plan allows us to easily develop a migration project plan. Take advantage of our unprecedented database conversion service expertise to understand the level of effort of each step, as shown below.

We support multiple database platforms for online transaction processing (OLTP) and data warehouse workloads as a migration target for either on-premises or on Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, and Google Cloud Platform.

12 step Migration Methodology

Migration Stages

Within the 12 step migration process, various stages require particular attention. Here are the types of steps we perform within each of these critical stages.

Database migration stages

Database Unification for ISVs

As an independent software vendor with solutions built on Oracle, you’ve realized by now that your customers no longer want to run your applications in their data center.

They prefer the convenience of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions so that their DBAs can spend more time adding value to their business instead of supporting your application.

Simply fork-lifting your Oracle Database to run on virtual machines in the cloud requires extensive provisioning to meet scalability, high availability, and secure solutions.

To help ISVs like you make the jump to managed database platforms like Amazon Aurora for PostgreSQLAzure SQL Database, and Google Cloud SQL for PostgreSQL, we have developed a proven process called Database Unification.

The key benefits of Database Unification include:

  • Lowering operating costs by moving to a SaaS model in the cloud using a less expensive database platform at its core
  • Stay relevant as your competitors running on open-source MySQL or PostgreSQL don’t have to pay on-premises licenses for Oracle and other traditional databases
  • Meet stringent governance and security regulations using the cloud along with the latest innovations for databases like row-level security, data encryption, and high-availability
  • Build on a platform designed for the future that can use the latest technologies for deep learning, big data analytics, and more

Check out the link below to learn more about our Database Unification process.

What makes DB Best Unique

DB Best developed a state-of-the-art database migration technology, which was subsequently acquired by the Microsoft SQL Server group in 2005. It then became the foundation for the Microsoft SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) product line. This product helps automate the major part of SQL database migrations.

We have a great set of products that we’ve released that also accelerate the migration process. They include Database Compare Suite, OraMigrator, DB2Migrator, and MySQLMigrator.

Over the last few years, we’ve also been working with the AWS team to suggest improvements to the AWS Schema Conversion Tool (SCT). This tool helps customers migrate their on-premises OLTP workloads from Oracle, SQL Server, PostgreSQL, MySQL, and MariaDB to the Amazon RDS and Amazon Aurora platforms.

We also helped AWS with suggestions to improve data warehouse migrations from Oracle, SQL Server, Teradata, IBM Netezza, Greenplum, and Vertica to Amazon Redshift.

To help customers migrate both OLTP and DW workloads between different targets and sources, we’ve created the DB Best Migration Platform. This platform assists in the automation of our 12-step migration process. DB Best Migration Platform integrates the best parts of SSMA, SCT, our products, and internal tools to dramatically reduce the costs and risks associated with database migration projects. Key abilities of the platform include:

  • Schema conversion
  • Data Migration, including tools for parallel loading terabytes of data
  • Schema comparison
  • Data comparison including the fast data comparison operation
  • Creating and running test scripts

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Our technology partners

Our experts are trained and certified with our featured technology partners. As a partner, we have access to programs that can provide co-funding resources to help cover some of the migration costs if you are eligible.

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DB Best migration story

Managing data and applications anywhere, the DB Best team has unprecedented experience in helping customers migrate databases, adopt cloud technologies, and optimize data environments. Now we envision that the cloud is driving the technology of tomorrow and you should definitely consider it as a migration destination for your databases and applications.

Watch the following video to learn more about the history and the future of DB Best database migration services.

Why migrate

Learn the main reasons why you should consider database migration to the modern database platform and discover the generic migration benefits from the following video.

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Learn More

We have a great set of blog posts, white papers, and data sheets to help you better understand our capabilities as the leader in database conversion services.

Blog posts

Architecting highly available and scalable system when migrating to SQL Server on AWS
12 July 2017 admin

Our customer needed to reduce the licensing costs of their Oracle database. We came up with a comprehensive solution by migrating their database to SQL Server platform. We also remed...

Comprehensive Java app upgrade while migrating to SQL Server
8 June 2017 admin

One of the largest transportation companies in the United States needed to migrate their Oracle-based application to SQL Server platform. The customer’s application code had high que...

Improving the web app performance while migrating from DB2 to SQL Server
4 May 2017 admin

One of the largest life insurance companies in the United States supported a reporting application. Their system included Java based web app and Informatica data management solution c...

Increasing database performance by migrating from Ingres to SQL Server
18 July 2017 admin

One of our customers needed to migrate their Ingres Database system to Microsoft SQL Server wanting to improve the performance of their system. We came up with a migration solution ...

Helping our customer to convert Oracle schemas with hierarchical queries to SQL Server
20 June 2017 Andrei Ivanov

One of the world’s largest information technology companies decided to migrate their Oracle database to SQL Server. They leveraged SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) for Oracle to...

Migrate Sybase ASE databases to SQL Server for a security technologies company
25 August 2017 Bill Ramos

DB Best recently completed a project to migrate Sybase ASE databases to SQL Server for a global leader in security technology. Faced with skyrocketing license costs with SAP to renew t...

Migrate Sybase Java applications to SQL Server for content services provider
4 October 2018 Bill Ramos

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 ...

Migrating Oracle database to SQL Server for a leading US healthcare company
17 March 2017 Andrei Ivanov

One of the leading US healthcare organizations needed to upgrade their health record system in an effort to drive down costs while enabling new capabilities. We proposed to migrate the...

Moving Oracle Forms to The Web as a Part of Database Migration Project
16 May 2017 Andrei Ivanov

A government healthcare organization wanted to move their Oracle Forms to a modern web-based UI. We offered to migrate their source Oracle database to SQL Server while converting the d...

Oracle to Azure SQL Database shift may save up to $1 million
16 June 2017 Andrei Ivanov

‘Low-performing and costly’ — these were major characteristics of the Oracle system of one of our customers, a leading US automotive corporations. In this regard, it was quite na...

Quick and easy automatic approach to database conversion
12 May 2017 admin

One of the largest US educational organizations has been running their data handling system in Oracle environment. They wished to reduce maintenance costs due to expensive Oracle licen...

Remote migration from Oracle to SQL Server using SSIS
4 May 2017 admin

A global financial software provider contacted us to migrate their billing solution from Oracle to SQL Server using SSIS for one of their strategic clients located at the other end of ...

Using PostgreSQL in cloud alongside with Oracle to enhance the database system performance
15 June 2017 Andrei Ivanov

One of the leading independent software vendors in educational domain needed to expand their original Oracle database system. They wanted to add a new PostgreSQL database running on AW...

Using Sybase SQL Server application unification to reduce migration risks
14 March 2018 Bill Ramos

A financial service software provider needed to upgrade their customer-facing applications to SQL Server while keeping their Sybase ASE database. Our Sybase SQL Server Application Unif...

Automating database migration projects with DB Best Migration Platform
6 November 2019 Irena Balin

PASS Summit 2019, Seattle, WA — DB Best released a multi-purpose Migration Platform, introducing full automation for all steps of a database upgrade or migration project. DB Best cre...

Creating and managing database snapshots using the DB Best Migration Platform
25 November 2019 Oksana Eremenko

We continue covering the core features of the DB Best Migration Platform. In this blog post, we will talk about the Data Store module that allows for creating and using database snapsh...

Database Compare Suite 5.0 update brings a new user interface
24 October 2019 Andrei Ivanov

The latest Database Compare Suite release significantly updates the design of our product. In Database Compare Suite 5.0, we updated the user experience and simplified the user interfa...

Database Compare Suite update 4.14 brings Amazon DynamoDB support
2 May 2019 Andrei Ivanov

DB Best announces the release of a new version of an ultimate DBA tool Database Compare Suite. The latest version supports Amazon DynamoDB. This is the second NoSQL database platform s...

Comparing data in your databases using Database Compare Suite
13 August 2019 Andrei Ivanov

At DB Best, we believe our Database Compare Suite is the ultimate solution for database developers, administrators, quality assurance, and DevOps engineers to simplify their daily rout...

Detailed data comparison with Database Compare Suite
20 August 2019 Andrei Ivanov

We continue our blog post series that cover the key Database Compare Suite features. In our previous blog post, we talked about validating data migration. We discovered that several ta...

Fast data comparison with Database Compare Suite
11 September 2019 Andrei Ivanov

We continue our blog post series that cover the key Database Compare Suite features. In our previous blog posts, we talked about validating data migration and discovering exact data di...

Automating data management operations with CLI scripts in Database Compare Suite
3 February 2020 Andrei Ivanov

We continue our blog post series covering key Database Compare Suite (DBCS) features. In our previous posts, we talked about comparing data and discovering data differences by leverag...

Applying CI/CD for deploying data-driven applications after migrating from Oracle to Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL
14 February 2020 Andrei Ivanov

When it comes to database migrations, application conversion/remediation along with functional testing of the entire system account for over 50% of the total effort. By using a proven ...


Modernizations to Microsoft's Data Platform
21 September 2016 admin

Cloud services such as Microsoft Azure, coupled with database technologies like SQL Server, enable organizations to quickly create and scale solutions that solve challenges and fuel ne...

Data Management Services for Microsoft Azure
8 November 2016 admin

DB Best Technologies is internationally known for comprehensive Data Management Services, database development and migration, and the creation of highly successful web and mobile syste...

Amazon Web Services Migration
17 November 2016 admin

DB Best Technologies is internationally known for comprehensive Data Management Services, database development and migration, and the creation of highly successful web and mobile syste...

Data Management for Amazon Web Services
8 November 2016 admin

DB Best Technologies is internationally known for comprehensive Data Management Services, database development and migration, and the creation of highly successful web and mobile syste...

Oracle to SQL Migration
21 September 2016 admin

Leveraging Microsoft SQL Server, DB Best can help Oracle customers achieve the performance, scale, and security that their mission-critical applications require while keeping costs und...

Sybase to SQL Server Migration Datasheet
23 September 2016 admin

The number one reason businesses want to migrate from Sybase to SQL Server is reducing Total Cost of Ownership. The DB Best team developed a unique methodology for migrating Sybase app...

Case Studies

Migrating critical apps from Sybase ASE to SQL Server
30 August 2016 admin

Our client, a global leader in security technology, had two mission-critical yet aging PowerBuilder applications running against Sybase ASE that were out of compliance given the lack o...

White papers

Guide to migrating from Oracle to SQL Server and Azure SQL Database
8 October 2015 admin

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...

Guide to migrating from Sybase ASE to SQL Server 2014 and Azure SQL Database using SSMA
15 November 2015 admin

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...

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