Typical upgrade challenges
Upgrading a database can be a large source of organizational inconvenience, resulting in downtime, functional changes, and compatibility issues. Upgrading, however, becomes critical not just because of the new possibilities and features that come with the upgraded versions, but because the old versions lose support. As a result, companies find themselves in a very vulnerable and insecure position with their data and mission-critical applications being exposed to the potential threat of software hazards and malfunctions.
With over 10 years of data management experience, DB Best helps customers smoothly upgrade to modern database platforms like Microsoft SQL Server 2016, MySQL, PostgreSQL, SAP ASE, Oracle Database 12c and others for on-premises and cloud providers like Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, and Google Cloud Platform.
Our unique mix of tools, processes, and people can help you achieve better performance, scalability, and security by modernizing your existing database solutions to newer software, hardware, and infrastructure. The end result is to minimize changes to your applications while updating your databases at scale
Here are some of the common challenges that we see with customers that face a modernization of their database platform.
Not understanding the cost of upgrading
Trying to create a financial model of what it will cost to upgrade your database servers is a big problem without having data on your current landscape to compare against different future state solutions.
Our data collecting platform called Database Management Systems (DBMSys) not only helps with monitoring an environment for capacity needs but also provides the data over time needed to make informed upgrade decisions. Basing on the metrics collected by DBMSys we perform analytics to correlate current capacity to future state environment. DBMSys provides a variety of options including virtualization of servers on new VM host servers, deployment of servers on Microsoft Azure, AWS, or Google Cloud Platform, or consolidating databases on to larger servers. All based on data.
LACK OF UNDERSTANDING ON WHAT DATABASES REQUIRE NO CHANGES TO APPLICATIONS
The vast majority of your applications will likely not require changes to support newer versions of the database engine. The challenge is how to identify applications that won't require any changes and upgrade them as soon as possible.
Often standard upgrade tools for the software vendors can’t handle such outdated database versions. Our SQL Sniffer tool is able to record all the traffic sent from the application to your SQL, Oracle, and Sybase instance with no impact on the actual Server by using port spanning.
The Replayer feature then executes the captured SQL statements against an upgraded version of the database. If there are no errors, you can be assured that the newer version of the database will not break your existing application. If there are errors, then we can take a look at the issues and determine the scope of what is needed to fix the application.
DECREASING THE SYSTEM DOWNTIME WITH MINIMAL MANUAL INTERVENTION
If you need to upgrade tens, hundreds, or thousands of databases, you'll need to consider how to automate the deployment of the current production server to the upgraded server.
DB Best automates the upgrade process with built-in fault tolerance to the new target environment, saving you time and money. We developed a Central Log Shipping Manager to automate the synchronization of the source databases with the destination server and allow for a single click failover to the new environment with minutes of downtime even for very large databases.
We have a variety of entry-level offers to help you understand your current database environment and develop financial models to understand how to best deploy your updated database solutions.
If you are looking to better understand your database modernization roadmap, we recommend a Future-State Architectural Design Engagement. In some cases, you might qualify for co-investment funding by our technology partners to lower your initial costs and get you on a path to success.
Everybody is talking about the need for a digital transformation, but how do you get there? See how our future-state architecture design can use cutting edge technology to meet your organization’s needs.
With our unique Data Management Optimization service, you can save up to 60% in operating costs. We measure the performance of your data infrastructure and discover consolidation opportunities to optimize licensing costs while maximizing performance in a move to the cloud.
Taking Advantage of the Latest Built-in Database Features
See how DB Best can help you upgrade your aging database software so that you can take advantage of the greatest built-in features, such as high availability, security, cloud backups, machine learning services, disaster recovery and others.
Here are the featured services that we have in place today to help you upgrade your databases on-premises or to Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, or Google Cloud Platform. Regardless of your choice, we can provide you with a financial model to ensure you’re getting the best return on investment for your technology choice.
Running on outdated versions of SQL Server? You're not alone! 60% of all databases are running on versions of SQL Server that are out of support or extended support. See how DB Best can help you accelerate your SQL Server database upgrade projects using our unique tools and processes.
Planning to migrate SQL Server to AWS RDS-EC2 instances? We know how to overcome all issues that may occur as part of the lift-and-shift process to Amazon Web Services.
Planning to migrate SQL Server to GCP Compute Engine instances? We can help quickly deploy your databases to the Google Cloud Platform.
Helping our customers migrate MySQL to Azure Database MySQL and take advantage of cloud benefits such as high availability, security, and scalability at a reasonable price.
Discover how we can help our customers migrate MySQL to Amazon Aurora MySQL / RDS MySQL and take advantage of cloud benefits such as high availability, security, and scalability at the reasonable price.
Learn how DB Best can help you get the most out of Google Cloud SQL with a cost-effective Migrate MySQL to Google Cloud SQL offer.
The DB Best team can help customers migrate their PostgreSQL workloads to Microsoft Azure cloud within Migrate PostgreSQL to Azure Database PostgreSQL offer.
Looking for a partner to help you take advantage of the AWS cloud benefits such as high availability, security, and scalability? See how we can migrate PostgreSQL to Amazon Aurora or Amazon RDS in a short period of time.
Take advantage of the Google Cloud SQL by migrating your PostgreSQL workloads to Google Cloud Platform. DB Best can get you there in a short period of time with Migrate PostgreSQL to Google Cloud SQL offer.
Looking for a reliable partner for your Oracle - Amazon RDS for Oracle Migration project? We know how to migrate your Oracle database to Amazon RDS in a short period of time.
Need full control over the Oracle database instances running in Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud? We know how to migrate your Oracle databases to AWS EC2 and configure it according to your needs.
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