SQL Heads to the Cloud—Use These Quick Tips to Get Ready for your Azure move
After more than four decades, SQL is a mainstay of enterprise IT—it’s a standard.
But any view of SQL as a stalwart but unexciting workhorse of IT may be due for a refresh.
While SQL seemed to be losing its luster in the world of open source, Microsoft has put out a new release of SQL Server running on Linux. Ditto for Big Data—there was a time when SQL seemed out of its element in the world of petabyte files, but now there are plenty of SQL-for-Big Data options, and many companies have large SQL data estates they’re evaluating migrating to the cloud.
And then there’s the public cloud itself. As more organizations put aside worries over security and shift resources to public clouds such as Microsoft Azure, their SQL databases are some of the first to make the journey.
Moving your SQL resources to the cloud means being able to rely on a well-vetted solution, while also taking full advantage of cloud economies, performance enhancements and robust security. Replication and failover are easier and better. And you can offload a lot of tedious administrative tasks. All this while leveraging your investment in your existing SQL licenses.
What’s not to like? Well, nothing except that the job of migrating a SQL infrastructure to the cloud is not nearly as straightforward as all of these benefits might suggest. There are different ways to configure your SQL infrastructure in Azure, multiple migration tools, varying SLA options, a range of discount opportunities, and more. Failure to be clear on your objectives leaves you vulnerable to scope creep and cost over runs. Overlooking misconfigurations in your current on-premises environment will undermine potential savings and performance gains.
Based on our experience helping organizations find the best migration path to Azure, we put together some of our tips and insights—they are available for download here.
Be sure to take advantage of these quick tips to learn more about the opportunities and potential pitfalls of a SQL to cloud migration and why relying on an Expert MSP like Navisite may just be the right choice. Navisite is one of a select group of Azure Expert Managed Service Providers (MSPs) that numbers under 50 worldwide and our expertise specifically with SQL migrations was a big factor in our selection.
SQL Server 2008/R2 to Azure
Particularly if your organization is running SQL Server 2008 and SQL 2008 R2 workloads, you may want to get in touch with Navisite sooner rather than later, to find out how best to address this conundrum. Support for SQL is coming to an end in July 2019, which means so are the security updates and support thereafter. That can leave you vulnerable to security intrusions and compliance violations, as well as critical operational issues. With Azure, you can migrate applications running on SQL 2008 and 2008 R2 as they are, with extended security updates to protect them, or choose more advanced options that may benefit your longer-term development needs.