Database Upgrade

If you are still running out-of-support database software, you could be out of compliance with new regulations and risk security attacks. ABCloudZ can help you optimize your database upgrades to maximize uptime and lower costs.

Typical upgrade challenges

Upgrading a database can be a large source of organizational inconvenience, resulting in downtime, functional changes, and compatibility issues. Upgrading, however, becomes critical not just because of the new possibilities and features that come with the upgraded versions, but because the old versions lose support. As a result, companies find themselves in a very vulnerable and insecure position with their data and mission-critical applications being exposed to the potential threat of software hazards and malfunctions.

With over 10 years of data management experience, ABCloudZ helps customers smoothly upgrade to modern database platforms like Microsoft SQL Server 2016, PostgreSQL, MySQL, SAP ASE, Oracle Database 12c, and others for on-premises and cloud providers like Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, and Google Cloud Platform.

Our unique mix of tools, processes, and people can help you achieve better performance, scalability, and security by modernizing your existing database solutions to newer software, hardware, and infrastructure. The end result is to minimize changes to your applications while updating your databases at scale

Here are some of the common challenges that we see with customers that face a modernization of their database platform.

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Not understanding the cost of upgrading

Trying to create a financial model of what it will cost to upgrade your database servers is a big problem without having data on your current landscape to compare against different future state solutions.

Our in-house tools not only help with monitoring an environment for capacity needs but also provide the data over time needed to make informed upgrade decisions. Basing on the metrics collected by this platform, we perform analytics to correlate current capacity to future state environment. Our tools provide a variety of options including virtualization of servers on new VM host servers, deployment of servers on Microsoft Azure, AWS, or Google Cloud Platform, or consolidating databases on to larger servers.

Lack of understanding on what databases require no changes to applications

The vast majority of your applications will likely not require changes to support newer versions of the database engine. The challenge is how to identify applications that won’t require any changes and upgrade them as soon as possible.

Often standard upgrade tools for the software vendors can’t handle outdated database versions. Our in-house tools record all the traffic sent from the application to your SQL Server, Oracle, and SAP instances with no impact on the actual server by using port spanning.

You may then use this tool to execute these captured SQL statements against an upgraded version of the database. If there are no errors, you can be assured that the newer version of the database will not break your existing application. If there are errors, then we can take a look at the issues and determine the scope of what is needed to fix the application.

Decreasing the system downtime with minimal manual intervention

If you need to upgrade tens, hundreds, or thousands of databases, you’ll need to consider how to automate the deployment of the current production server to the upgraded server.

ABCloudZ automates the upgrade process with built-in fault tolerance to the new target environment, saving you time and money. We developed a tool that automates the synchronization of the source databases with the destination server and allow for a single click failover to the new environment with minutes of downtime even for very large databases.

Getting started

We have a variety of entry-level offers to help you understand your current database environment and develop financial models to understand how to best deploy your updated database solutions.

Usually, we start database upgrade projects by assessing your data environment. At the beginning of a project, you discuss existing database deployments and tools with a dedicated ABCloudZ project team. This step helps establish the information, resources, and team members needed from your side.

You then make your data infrastructure available to trusted ABCloudZ team members. We use this access to identify issues and craft an upgrade path that fits within your current environment. Please, note: we value customer’s private data and follow the industry security standards. So, for all ABCloudZ activities, you do not provide actual data and our team does not interfere with your data.

Our proficient solutions architects then design the future-state architecture of your data environment. Our experienced team can provide you with comprehensive technical and financial information about the potential pros and cons of any proposed modernization project.

As a result, we can either provide your team with these recommendations and suggestions or implement them using our manpower.

Taking advantage of the latest built-in database features

See how ABCloudZ can help you upgrade your aging database software so that you can take advantage of the greatest built-in features, such as high availability, security, cloud backups, machine learning services, disaster recovery, and others.

Our services

Here are the featured services that we have in place today to help you upgrade your databases on-premises or to Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, or Google Cloud Platform. Regardless of your choice, we can provide you with a financial model to ensure you’re getting the best return on investment for your technology choice.