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Ready for the Cloud (4): Get Your Databases Ready for the Migration

The decision is taken: your organization plans to move a set of applications to the cloud. This means that a lot of business-critical data, and therefore databases, will have to be transferred to the cloud. If you want to do this with confidence, start by evaluating your existing on-prem databases and proactively resolve any possible issues. Blog 4 of our ‘Ready for the Cloud’ series is a plea for getting your databases ready before migrating your data.

In our blog on cloud strategy, you can find out what you need to consider when making a cloud transition and how to determine those factors within your cloud strategy. One aspect often forgotten in this process are the databases. While your data and databases are absolutely crucial to your organization!

Database management requires expertise

First the good news: data migration in itself is not that difficult. On one condition: the foundation must be sound, i.e. your databases must be optimally set up. To ensure this, a thorough assessment is needed before moving everything to the cloud.

But databases are quite technical. It’s possible that your organization does not have all the in-house expertise to conduct such an evaluation thoroughly and eliminate any issues. If you’re using MS SQL Server databases, you can rest assured: Ordina has the necessary MS SQL Server experts in house. They are increasingly being involved in the process of managing the data and database migration during a cloud transition, as well as in all the preceding activities.

Data migration in itself is not that difficult. On one condition: your databases must be optimally set up.

Assessment: things to look out for

How does it work? Our SQL Server specialists, together with colleagues from other Ordina business units, form a high-performance team that works with your people to outline your cloud strategy. The SQL Server team has one specific task: to scrutinize your databases thoroughly, identify any existing issues and fix these so that you can effortlessly transition your data and databases to the new Azure environment.

An extensive questionnaire has been designed for this assessment. A few important things to consider:

  • What data and associated databases do you want in a cloud model and do you really need all of them? (Tip: a critical eye can save you a lot of money!)
  • Is it at all possible to transfer all legacy to the cloud?
  • Is the security aspect absolutely watertight: including access control, firewalls and database encryption?
  • What is your backup strategy so that your databases can run temporarily at a different location in case of problems?
  • And what is the ideal configuration of your databases in the cloud so that you get maximum performance at minimum cost?

Remediation

To go about the evaluation as efficiently as possible, a part of it has been automated: we run an automatic health scan on your databases. This scan produces an overview of the business and technical issues which we can remedy, in order of priority, before the database goes to the cloud.

In fact, often testing also falls within our remit. And if something goes wrong in the communication with other systems, platforms or servers, we will leave no stone unturned until we have found a solution to the problem. So rest assured: your data and databases will be moved to your new Azure environment without any hindrance.

Of course, it is not only your SQL Server database that needs to be cloud-ready. We can also evaluate your entire IT landscape via a Readiness Assessment. Read more about this in the last blog of this series.


About this blog series: what to expect

New to the world of the cloud or already have some experience? The cloud is complex anyway – if you really want to take advantage of it. That’s why we’re launching our ‘Ready for the Cloud’ blog series, packed with best practices. You will discover:

+ how Ordina can help you with all this.