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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!
Here are the five migration options that we look at when trying to understand your application portfolio.
Five Application and Database Migration Options
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.
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 years of experience 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.
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.
Migration Readiness Stage
- Assess database environment, evaluate risks, and create a business case
- Identify SMEs and stakeholders
- Plan capacity, including hardware and software infrastructure
- Define engagement model
- Analyze the existing database and design target database to provide the same functionality
- Create prioritized migration roadmap based on business objectives
- Migrate database objects including tables, views, triggers, PL/SQL packages, Java code, and stored procedures, making any changes to the different ways that other databases implement the functionality vs. the new database engine
- Migrate data
- Verify database schema and validate that the data was migrated correctly
Extract, Transform, and Load (for ETL Based Apps) Stage
- Design and develop ETL packages for parallel data load. In this case, the data that is loaded in the previous database is also being loaded into the new database. Furthermore, any data extraction processes from the original database will also need to be replicated within the new target database instance
- Test data load performance
- Setup and validate security, monitoring and replication functions
- Validate data in the target database for technical accuracy and functionality
Application Remediation Stage
- Perform integration testing with the applications that were previously consuming data from the original database. Then make the necessary modification to ensure they work with the new target database instance
- Perform user acceptance testing
- Training and knowledge transfer
- Implement production environment
- Post-production support
Testing and Validation Strategy
Your business relies on the quality and reliability of your information assets. At DB Best, we utilize a set of automated tools as well as proven methodologies to validate each step of your database migration process.
- Database Structure — We will compare configuration on sources and targets as well as data files, table spaces, transaction logs, and all other objects
- Database Integrity Validation — Next we will validate how database objects are maintained on target as compared to the source database. We also review any and all code that has the ability to modify the data on the database and test every stored procedure and trigger
- Data Format Confirmation — We will ensure target data type formats match source data type formats. Also, we will run a series of equivalent queries against both (source and target databases) to validate results
- Performance Testing — We will confirm target database performance has achieved and/or surpassed previous benchmark performance levels
- Security Validation — The DB Best team will validate that the same privileges and permissions are manually created on the target database. Furthermore, we will review the client application. This is required to confirm end-user authentication and permission-level mapping has been maintained
We are Microsoft's go-to partner for migrating Oracle, Sybase, DB2, MySQL, and Access. We've been migrating customers since 2002. Why not use the best?
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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 PostgreSQL, Azure 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.
Are you looking to add support for other database platforms to your application? See how our Database Unification service for ISVs allows you to bring your new app version to market faster.
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
Check out the video below for how we can put the DB Best Migration Platform to use for you!
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.
Technologies we use for database migrations
Here are several of the technologies that our experts and DB Best use to help estimate the level of effort for your database migration project and perform the automation of the database migration process.
See how you can get the most out of SSMA from the company who originally created the tool for Microsoft.
Put our Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services experience to use for seamless data extraction, transformation, and loading operations of any complexity.
We are the only AWS partner who can say we've migrated more databases to AWS RDS, Amazon Aurora, and Amazon Redshift than any other partner in the world using AWS Database Migration Service (DMS) and Schema Conversion Tool (SCT).
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As the #1 expert in the realm of Database Migrations, we developed DB Best Migration Platform based on 15 years of services migrating thousands of applications and databases.
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.
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 migration services.
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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...
Reference data sheet
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...
Reference white paper
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...
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