SQL SERVER UPGRADE AND CLOUD STRATEGIES

Data Management (SQL Server)

1 out of every 2 SQL Server instances will lose extended support in April 2016.

82% of small and midsize organizations are running at least one occurrence of SQL Server 2005. Avoid the business disruptions caused by slow-performing databases and downtime.

End of support can present risks as there will be no new security updates, non-security hot fixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates. SQL Server offers you a fast, highly available database—and a cloud-ready data platform that will grow with your business. SQL Server 2014 brings in-memory capabilities that dramatically speed transactions, while cloud capabilities make it easy for you to choose where you want to deploy your applications – whether on-premises, in the cloud, or a combination of both.

 

 

 

Migrating to SQL Server 2014

SolidQ has over a decade of experience with migrations to new versions of SQL Server. This experience gives us the confidence that our clients can tackle migration projects with the certainty required for projects of this magnitude.

Microsoft SQL Server 2014 has great features that makes upgrading a compelling choice.

Features in Microsoft SQL Server 2014 are a compelling reason to upgrade.

  • Resource Governor for I/O. In addition to governing and managing CPI and memory, the Resource governor now manages I/O requests
  • Backup enhancements. With this release, backups can be encrypted. Azure can also be used as a target for backups.
  • Managed backups. Small and medium-sized businesses will find this new capability beneficial. It offers a simple “set it and forget it” model of backing up and eliminates the need for a backup expert.
  • Increased resource limits. In the Standard edition support doubles from 64 GB to 128 GB.
  • In-memory OLTP Engine. Certain tables and stored procedures can be moved into RAM to improve performance. Introduced with SQL Server 2012, this high-availability and disaster-recovery solution improves upon what database mirroring and failover clustering offer.
  • Azure integration. Move all your data to the cloud, or choose a hybrid solution.
  • Updateable columnstore index. Improving upon the memory-optimized columnstore index feature introduced in SQL Server 2012, this feature offers the same query performance improvements, but the columnstore is now a pure columnar store, so indexing is no longer required.
  • Buffer pool extensions. In some cases, SSDs can be used to expand the buffer pool when systems run out of memory.

Consider before you migrate or upgrade:

System availability requirements

Infrastructure on which the migration is to be carried out

Potential human resources for the project

Human resources required for the migration

Financial cost of the project

Timing

Plan to migrate your SQL Server?

Upgrading your SQL Server can deliver faster application performance, reduce downtime, and improve security.

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