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WHY MIGRATE SAP ASE TO SQL SERVER?
The number one reason SAP ASE (formally Sybase) owners migrate to Microsoft SQL Server is TCO.
Microsoft SQL Server offers broader-based functionality. Moreover, it proves to be more cost-effective than SAP ASE due to SQL Server’s “out-of-the-box” functionality without requiring additional purchases. By contrast, SAP ASE customers must buy additional features as expensive add-ons. When it comes to database support and maintenance, SAP ASE DBA expertise is significantly harder to find. Similarly, it is usually more expensive than a Microsoft SQL Server DBA.
In addition to SAP ASE being a legacy database compared to SAP HANA, you need to consider what will become of your SAP NetWeaver solutions if you are currently running with Sybase ASE. So, if you are running older versions of Sybase ASE with NetWeaver, you might be risking security and high availability compliance policies. It might be cheaper to consider going to SQL Server until you need to migrate your NetWeaver apps to S/4HANA.
Finally, if you are still using Sybase ASE with PowerBuilder applications, consider migrating to SQL Server. This is a process that we have fine-tuned. Consequently, it will help you get TCO under control.
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 most of the database migration challenges that occur when you convert Sybase to SQL Server.
Sybase ASE upgrade path
One thing we’ve noticed when talking to customers looking to leave SAP ASE is their reluctance to follow SAP’s available upgrade paths. SAP essentially recommends upgrading SAP ASE or moving to SAP HANA. As you may know, SQL Server and Sybase ASE share the same roots. So, migrating to SQL Server is less risky than going to SAP HANA.
Therefore, to save on costs and gain more features, DB Best recommends migrating SAP ASE to SQL Server.
PowerBuilder legacy applications
Companies who’ve built their applications on PowerBuilder might find it challenging to find legacy support while on the SAP upgrade path.
To overcome this, DB Best recommends migrating PowerBuilder applications to SQL Server. To clarify, this typically means simply changing the connection string to point to SQL Server.
High availability & disaster recovery
In order to satisfy compliance, companies may have to ensure their data and applications are highly available in case of natural disasters or unexpected issues. Older versions of Sybase ASE don’t have High Availability (HA) capabilities. So, this means that SAP ASE itself can’t be part of an HADR compliant infrastructure.
By migrating to SQL Server with built-in High Availability capabilities, businesses can guarantee reliability and availability of their data during pressing circumstances.
Meeting security standards
SQL Server has had the lowest NIST vulnerabilities over the past five years compared to all major database products including SAP HANA and SAP ASE. SQL Server supports features such as Always Encrypted, row-level security, dynamic data masking, transparent database encryption, and user-defined roles. These features guarantee migrating to SQL Server is the smart move if security is a concern.
The leader in Sybase TO SQL Server migrations
The DB Best team developed a unique methodology to migrate SAP ASE to SQL Server. Moreover, we have proven it many times through our countless positive customer experiences. Being an architect and the original creator of SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) for SAP ASE, the DB Best team is THE database migration expert you can trust with your project. Also, we completed multiple Sybase to SQL Server database migration projects. Moreover, we know all the workarounds you may need trying to convert Sybase to SQL Server.
Based on our vast migration experience, the DB Best team developed our in-house products Database Compare Suite and DB Best Migration Platform. In short, these tools greatly complement SSMA for SAP ASE.
We know what it takes to convert Sybase to SQL Server. Trying to simplify and automate these kind of projects, DB Best developed the following tools, which help optimize the Sybase to SQL Server migration process.
See how you can get the most out of SSMA from the company who originally created the tool for Microsoft.
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DB Best Migration Platform automates the migration of your databases across different platforms both on-premises and in the cloud. It also ensures that you follow a proven path and it helps verify that your applications work exactly like they did before.
Sometimes you need a helping hand to get you started. Certainly, we know what it takes to convert Sybase to SQL Server. In addition, we know all the possible issues and the workarounds you may need. So, 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.
Our training workshops allow you to understand how SQL Server really operates and take control over business-critical databases.
Migrating Sybase ASE databases to SQL Server to increase system's performance
DB Best completed a project to migrate SAP ASE databases to SQL Server for our customer. Firstly, our customer faced skyrocketing license costs with SAP to renew their out-of-support server instances. So, our customer needed a way to migrate hundreds of SAP ASE databases. To make matters worse, our customer faced upgrading their out of support PowerBuilder applications.
By migrating to SQL Server on commodity Intel-based servers, our customer found that they could exceed their performance needs and lower overall licensing costs.
Check out the video to see how we approached the project to migrate SAP ASE databases to SQL Server.
LEVERAGING YOUR EXISTING INVESTMENTS IN MIGRATION TECHNOLOGIES
Data integration tools play a big part in the successful migration of Sybase databases to SQL Server. So, ideally, you will want to minimize the changes to your data integration processes. We have extensive experience in the following platforms.
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.
Learn how we can integrate your data from existing on-premises systems to the cloud, big data, and IoT systems leveraging IBM Datastage solutions. With our experience, you can to migrate your data really quickly.
Discover how we can help you use Attunity solutions to integrate your data from existing on-premises systems to the cloud, big data, and IoT systems within a short period of time. DB Best can flawlessly replicate your data between different types of databases and handle any data changes.
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.
Put our Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services experience to use for seamless data extraction, transformation, and loading operations of any complexity.
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.
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We have a great set of blog posts and data sheets to help you better understand our capabilities as the leader in database migration services. The following articles showcase our expertise in moving SAP ASE workloads to Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft SQL Azure.
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...
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 ...
One of the major United States universities has been migrating their complex data managing system from Sybase to SQL Server. They used SQL Server Migration Assistant for Sybase to aut...
Reference data sheet
Read our Database Modernization for Microsoft Technologies datasheet to find out the details of our database modernization offer. We possess the in-depth understanding of database and ...
Reference white paper
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...