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Your SQL Server databases store and retrieve the lifeblood of your business – data. DB Best provides expert consulting services to organizations of all sizes for the mission-critical Microsoft SQL Server installations.

TYPICAL CHALLENGES THAT WE SEE


Microsoft SQL Server provides a great experience using default installation parameters and cloud deployments with a variety of vendors. Over the years, we’ve worked with thousands of databases at customer sites around the world. In many cases, these databases may not have the full attention of the DBA team, if a team even exists.

Here are some of the common challenges we see with Microsoft SQL Server deployments.

 

Database server licenses optimization

Database servers were provisioned for a larger than needed workload, resulting in higher than necessary licensing costs.

We’ve developed a Data Optimized Management solution that monitors your SQL Server workloads over a period of time. We use the data to determine how you can consolidate multiple databases onto a single SQL Server instance to dramatically lower your SQL Server licensing costs.

Leveraging best practices

Best practices in security, high availability, disaster recovery, auditing, infrastructure, and performance are often overlooked.

DB Best has a platform called DBMsys that collects server and database configuration and layout information. DBMsys then processes the data using our own algorithms to produce a map of best practices and reports. We will then propose solutions to the various issues discovered based on criticality. The same engine can be used to perform compliance checks for ISO or another standard.

Upgrading outdated SQL Server versions

Customers running unsupported versions of SQL Server run the risk of not conforming to data governance policies for their solutions. Don't be faced with having to upgrade hundreds of databases without any idea where to start.

At DB Best, we have helped customers create an “upgrade factory” that allows them to move databases to newer versions of SQL Server while maintaining application capability and up time. In addition, we use our DBMsys platform to perform capacity planning and best practices configuration for the new environment.

Migrating from another database platform

Customers looking to migrate from other database platforms like Oracle and SAP ASE in order to save licensing costs and take advantage of the advanced features of SQL Server are not sure where to start.

DB Best is the original creator of the SQL Server Migration Assistant and has developed a unique 12 step migration methodology. This methodology ensures complete application capability and conformance with your organization’s service level agreements while also minimizing overall migration risks.

Running SQL Server 2017 on Linux

Customers running Linux have been stuck with open-source databases like MySQL and PostgreSQL for years and are looking for a platform that can grow for their on-premises, cloud, and hybrid solutions.

DB Best was an early adopter of SQL Server 2017 on Linux and is ready to help you integrate SQL Server for your DevOps needs like running SQL Server in Linux Docker Containers. Whether you use GetLab, Visual Studio Team Services, Jenkins, or BuildBot. DB Best can help you with adding SQL Server schema and data into your Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Deployment (CD) pipelines.

GETTING STARTED


We have a variety of entry-level offers to help you get the most out of Microsoft SQL Server running either on-premises bare metal, private cloud, Microsoft Azure, AWS EC2 or RDS, and Google Cloud Platform.

If you are looking to better understand your SQL Server modernization roadmap, we recommend a Future-State Architectural Design Engagement. In some cases, you might qualify for co-investment funding by Microsoft to get started with SQL Server 2017 and Microsoft Azure.

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.

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.

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.

Are your databases conforming to best practices to make sure they are highly available, secure, being backed up properly, and conforming to your organization's service level agreements? If you are not sure, check out our Health Checks offer.

This Microsoft program helps your team develop a plan to upgrade your aging SQL Server 2000, 2005, 2008, and 2008 R2 database applications to the latest versions of SQL Server and Azure SQL Database.

This engagement explores how to take your BI solutions on-premises or in the cloud to the next level with technologies including Analysis Services, Power BI, and Reporting Services.

HOW A DETAILED MODERNIZATION ROADMAP HELPED REDUCE THE NUMBER OF SERVERS IN THE DATA CENTER BY 96%


A major American provider of global eCommerce solutions was looking for a way to upgrade their extensive data processing system. We provided them with visibility into their system and built a cost-effective and highly optimized modernization roadmap using our DBMSys tool. Using our detailed instructions they were able to substantially cut the upgrade expenses and take advantage of their workload migration to Azure along with benefits from virtualization and consolidation options.

Customer Problem

Our customer has been supporting a number of data centers around the world for a long period of time. Without timely monitoring and updating such systems easily become outdated with a high percentage of servers running on no longer supported versions of database or operating systems. Moreover, the server hardware is rapidly aging over the years and the whole system becomes inefficient and overpriced. That’s why they needed to upgrade and consolidate their servers with an opportunity to migrate them to the cloud.

The customer asked us to analyze the existing environment, based on the layout modernization roadmap we showed them how they can reduce the costs while enabling new capabilities.

Benefits

The detailed modernization roadmap provided a path to determine which workloads should move to Microsoft Azure IAAS or PAAS solutions.

We recommended the upgrade tools and automation techniques that could facilitate the upgrade and migration process. We then performed this job with a special focus on risks mitigation, increasing the efficiency, and cutting down the costs.

To learn more about this effort, check out our video.

OUR TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS


The breadth of technology partners that support Microsoft SQL Server makes a great platform for our clients. Here are some of our technology partners that we work with to support deployments of Microsoft SQL Server with our customers.

  • Microsoft Gold Partner DB Best Technologies
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  • GCP

We offer great services to support your existing and future deployments of SQL Server with modernization, managed services, and new solutions.

SUPPORT FOR MICROSOFT SQL SERVER


Here are examples of the features and capabilities that DB Best supports for Microsoft SQL Server so that you can get the most out of your technology investment.

DATABASE ENGINE

  • In-Memory OLTP

  • In-Memory Columnstore

  • Always On Availability Groups and Failover Clusters Instances

  • Linux Support

  • Docker Containers

  • Replication

DATA SERVICES

  • SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS)

  • SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS)

  • SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS)

  • Master Data Services

  • Data Quality Services

  • Machine Learning Services with R & Python Services

PUBLIC AND PRIVATE CLOUD

  • SQL Server on Azure VMs

  • Azure SQL Database

  • Stretch Database on Azure

  • SQL Server on AWS EC2

  • AWS RDS SQL Server

  • SQL Server on GCP

  • SQL Server on Azure Stack

  • SQL Server on VMware

  • HPE Hybrid Cloud Solutions

BI TOOLS WITH SQL SERVER

  • Power BI

  • Tableau

  • Amazon QuickSight

  • IBM Cognos Analytics

  • SAP Crystal Reports

  • SAP Lumira

  • Office 365

  • JasperReports

  • Pentaho

  • MicroStrategy

  • SAS

  • AIQ

MIGRATE TO SQL SERVER FROM

  • Oracle Database

  • SAP ASE

  • SAP IQ

  • IBM DB2

  • MySQL

  • Microsoft Access

  • Ingres

  • IBM Informix

  • PostgreSQL