With mid-year performance reviews on the horizon, many organizations are reevaluating their Oracle environments. And for good reasons. Data from their many applications continues to increase exponentially, straining the capacity of existing Oracle environments. And while it’s not uncommon for a mid-market organization to manage 25 – 50 individual databases, they are often challenged to hire and keep talented Oracle database administrators (DBAs). Finally, the cost and complexity of maintaining Oracle databases have companies questioning whether they would realize enhanced performance and greater cost and operational efficiencies by implementing an Oracle to SQL Server migration. Following are five reasons why organizations should migrate business-critical data and applications from Oracle to SQL Server. Following are five reasons why organizations should migrate their Oracle databases to SQL Server.
1) Migrating from Oracle to SQL Server accelerates database performance
Applications running on an older version of Oracle may no longer be able to efficiently store and retrieve large volumes of data. And with the average database doubling in size in as little as three years, this poses a challenge for resource-constrained companies. Migrating from Oracle to SQL Server enables organizations to take advantage of built-in “In-Memory” capabilities. In-Memory delivers up to 30x faster online transaction processing (OTLP). The In-Memory Column Store also results in accelerated queries and reduced storage costs. Data processing bottlenecks are virtually eliminated, allowing DBAs to deliver the most current data for in-depth analysis and reporting.
2) SQL Server 2014 offers advanced security features at no additional cost
The slew of data breaches from 2014 spurred companies to reevaluate how their data is stored, accessed and managed. Additionally, organizations that must adhere to compliance regulations as prescribed by HIPAA, PCI and SOX need data security and visibility at a granular level. By migrating from Oracle to SQL Server, companies benefit from having advanced security features at no addtional cost includng: transparent data encryption, extensible key management and user defined roles. For advanced security, Oracle requires customers to purchase additional database options such as Advanced Security, Label Security and Database Vault. Did we mention that SQL Server was recently named “least vulnerable database” for the fifth year in a row?
3) High availability and disaster recovery come standard with SQL Server 2014
As we discussed in our latest webinar, organizations of all sizes need to have a disaster recovery plan in place, and test it annually. SQL Server AlwaysOn features assure business continuity with failover clusters and availability groups. For high availability, Oracle requires customers to purchase additional database options such as Real Application Clusters for local high availability and Active Data Guard for remote disaster recovery.
4) Businesses that migrate from Oracle to SQL Server can take advantage of hybrid cloud functionality
Companies with Oracle databases are limited in their ability to take advantage of the agility, cost savings and operational efficiencies that cloud environments offer. Why? Because Oracle currently doesn’t provide cloud functionality. Migrating from Oracle to SQL Server allows companies to leverage cloud services built on Microsoft Azure, including database backup and disaster recovery.
5) An Oracle to SQL Server migration can help streamline database costs
HOSTING provides a comprehensive set of database and cloud migration services to ensure a smooth transition from Oracle to SQL Server. As part of the migration process, HOSTING conducts a detailed assessment of an organization’s current database environment. In many cases, legacy hardware and databases can be consolidated, which can result in a lower total cost of ownership (TCO).
HOSTING has successfully completed hundreds of migrations. On average, we complete a new migration every six days. Our database experts average 15 years or more experience in data migration. They stand ready to help you with your complex data needs.
Considering a move from Oracle to SQL Server? Contact HOSTING today to schedule a complimentary, thirty minute Migration Roadmap call.