Extended support for SQL Server 2008 has ended, and there is no better time to consider a migration to Azure. Continuing to run business applications and workloads on an unsupported platform will open you up to unnecessary vulnerabilities and potential legal issues. The risk is just not worth it. If you have been holding out for fear of complicated processes, there’s good news, Microsoft is making it easier than ever to migrate to Azure and take advantage of the benefits of cloud computing, including scalable resources and always up-to-date security features. With a trusted database solutions partner, your migration can be quick and painless. Check out this guide for more information about migrating from SQL to Azure.Why Migrate – If you are on SQL Server 2008, the answer is clear. Migrating is a must to stay on top of your database health and security. Now you may be asking, why can’t I just upgrade to Server 2019? You absolutely can. But this time is a perfect opportunity to minimize the impact of a cloud migration to reap the benefits of hosting your workloads in a cloud or hybrid environment. Utilizing the Azure cloud allows for scalable database solutions and improved maintenance processes. You don’t have to worry about your hardware going out of date or the costs and challenges of managing your servers on-prem. Even for those of you on SQL 2017 or 2019, migrating to Azure can be a beneficial process. Talk to a database expert who can analyze your workloads and help you design a strategy that is right for your company.Azure Improves Data Management and Security – Utilizing the cloud and the various resources available for the Azure platform increases your business’s capacity for data analysis and business innovation. It is also a great avenue for maintaining superior security and data protection. When on-prem hardware ages, gaps in security protocol can create vulnerabilities. Likewise, when software updates and patches must be manually scheduled and managed, vulnerabilities can pile up. With cloud services, state-of-the-art security is always at your fingertips. Microsoft is well-known for its security, and Azure is no exception. This security-conscious platform is well-equipped to effectively manage your data and facilitate compliance.Improved Resource Allocation – On-premises infrastructures can be costly and challenging to maintain. Dedicated technicians and physical space means an increasingly large IT budget to support these infrastructure designs. When hardware needs replacing, the cost intensifies yet again. For some companies, this is well within their budget, but for most mid-size businesses this is not a cost-effective way to manage their workloads. A cost analysis of utilizing a hybrid or fully migrated cloud infrastructure reveals significant benefits. Especially as cloud technology continues to become more mainstream and cost effective. But every cloud isn’t created equal. Microsoft’s Azure cloud is specially designed to manage your SQL workloads with Azure SQL Database, and is reportedly 5 times less expensive than hosting the same workloads on AWS.Microsoft’s Migration Tools – When you’re ready to migrate, take advantage of the beneficial tools available to facilitate the process. Microsoft offers several services designed to create a streamlined and successful migration. From Assessment and Discovery to the schema and data mapping, these services can help make sure your process runs smoothly. Azure Migrate is a great first step. If you are in the early stages of planning your migration, consider using Azure Migrate to check compatibility of your workloads. It’s a great tool for creating an ROI story to understand the true value of an Azure migration. Once you have decided to embark on an Azure migration, it’s important to create a migration strategy that is suited for your company and your workloads. This will assess maximum allowable downtime, infrastructure needs, source schema conversion, data source identification, and more. Working with a database solutions expert can help you ensure your migration process is expertly managed and take the hassle out of your project.Dobler Consulting LLC is a leading provider of database services, premier software development, and information technology support, servicing clients ranging from small businesses to FORTUNE companies across multiple industry verticals. The firm are proud gold-level partners with SAP, Microsoft SQL, and Oracle. For more information about how Dobler Consulting can help you design and implement your disaster recovery strategy, visit DoblerConsulting.com or call us at +1 (813) 322-3240 (US) /+1 (416) 646-0651 (Canada).