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Migrate IBM DB2 to SQL Server

With SSMA DB Best can help migrate IBM DB2 to SQL Server to achieve the performance, scale, and security of their mission-critical applications.

Why migrate?

Compared to IBM DB2, Microsoft SQL Server provides better security, developer productivity, manageability, and also delivers on its promise to lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Microsoft SQL Server provides out-of-the-box support for transparent data encryption, master data management, and self-service business intelligence, which by contrast are all expensive add-ons from IBM.

DB Best can provide you with a turnkey migration solution to Microsoft SQL Server.


Typical challenges that we see

Database migration is a daunting task with a lot of hidden issues and possible problems. With our extensive experience, we can overcome database migration challenges that you could face when you start to migrate IBM DB2 to SQL Server.

Post-Migration Database Capacity Validation

Prior to the migration, you should have a good understanding of your database workload including any key performance metrics and frequency of peak loads. The key to a proper comparison is a way to replay a workload such as through the SQL Server Distributed Replay feature or your own load harness.

Once under load, you can evaluate your new technology by monitoring pressure on CPU, Memory, IO Operations, and network traffic.

By monitoring when the system is under pressure you can determine if your technology is properly sized or if resources need to be adjusted.

DB Best can help you profile your existing environment and then grade your migration against that profile.

The leader in IBM DB2 to SQL Server migrations

The DB Best team developed a unique methodology for migrating IBM DB2 applications to Microsoft SQL Server which has been tested and proven many times over with hundreds of different customers. Being an architect and the original creator of SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA), the DB Best team is THE database migration expert you can trust with your project.

Based on our vast migration experience, the DB Best team developed our in-house products Database Compare Suite and DB2 Migrator, which greatly complements SSMA for IBM DB2.

Here are the DB Best tools that we’ve developed to optimize the IBM DB2 to SQL Server migration process.


Getting started

Sometimes you need a helping hand to get you started. Here are some of our offers to help with assessments, using SSMA, or developing a future-state roadmap.

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Trust the team who built the SQL Server Migration Assistant to provide you with SSMA support in migrating your Oracle, SAP ASE, IBM DB2, MySQL, and Microsoft Access databases to SQL Server or Azure SQL Database.

Improve application performance with a move from DB2 to SQL Server

One of our customers supported a DB2-based reporting application. Their system included Java based web app and Informatica data management solution connected to DB2 databases. To provide a web interface for reporting needs they deployed a WebSphere server for hosting their Java application. With this interface, a small circle of users could create reports using data imported via Informatica.

Our customer wanted to reduce the maintenance costs and increase functionality. We came up with a solution to migrate IBM DB2 to SQL Server databases and then reconnected the application to it.

See how we migrated an application to the Microsoft SQL Server platform in the following video.


Data integration tools play a big part in the successful migration of IBM DB2 databases to SQL Server. Ideally, you will want to minimize the changes to your data integration processes. We have extensive experience in the following platforms.

We leverage a high-performance parallel framework on-premises or in the cloud with improved speed, flexibility and effectiveness to build powerful data integration infrastructure. Utilizing big data and Hadoop we help our customers more efficiently access new data sources.

Using Informatica solutions we can integrate your data from existing on-premises systems to the cloud, big data, and IoT systems smoothly and cost-effectively. Our solution architects will migrate the data accelerating time to value for your business goals.

We offer a fast and cost-effective way to connect, clean and share cloud and on-premises data using the architecture that easily scales to respond to growing business requests.

Our developers can flawlessly replicate your data between different types of databases with handling any data changes. So your data never be missed. We also can simplify the ETL process and automate the manual procedures of data warehouse development to improve performance and cost.

Put our Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services experience to use for seamless data extraction, transformation, and loading operations of any complexity.

Are you interested in learning more about how we can help you out with these technologies? We will get back to you within one business day to arrange a meeting to discuss your challenges.

Supporting your SQL Server solutions after the migration

As part of our migration project, we offer training, support, consulting, and managed services for your SQL Server solutions. If you don’t want to go through the hassle of maintaining the day-to-day operations of your databases and applications, be sure to check out our Operational Data Management service.

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Check out the database consulting services we have used to help customers like you get the most out of their database platform.

Our DevOps services introduce cultural changes, best practices, and new technologies to improve collaboration between business, development, and operations to create an agile application development lifecycle.

We offer training in-person at your site, at a third party location, or remotely based on your needs. We can tailor our programs to your needs.