Data Modernization with Azure SQL Database

An organization’s data journey is multi-faceted, it requires the unification of system integrations, data migration, data quality, data governance and data archiving throughout the lifetime of your corporate data. Laying down a solid foundation for this process is the new concept of data modernization, which involves analyzing and preparing data to become holistically integrated into these processes.

Data modernization facilitates the overarching business processes that drive organizations’ success by coordinating and optimizing these events across the data lifecycle. To unlatch the power of data, organizations can now incorporate next-generation applications to support all requirements for data consistency, reliability, reusability, and execution across information governance projects.
Moving your data to the cloud will make your business more efficient and secure. Most organizations looking to modernize their data platforms want the same things:

  • Less administration
  • Minimal downtime
  • Data backups in a secure location
  • A replacement for dedicated disaster recovery (DR) sites
  • A cost-effective way to scale processing
  • Eliminate time spent managing “long tail” of applications.
  • Free up limited IT resources to drive transformation
  • Migrate business-critical apps to the cloud

Microsoft’s Azure Data Platform offers a variety of paths to these objectives:

Azure SQL Database

Azure SQL Database is Microsoft’s fully managed cloud relational database service in Microsoft Azure. It shares the same code base as traditional SQL Servers but with Microsoft’s Cloud first strategy the newest features of SQL Server actually are released to Azure SQL Database first.

Below are the top benefits that companies are realizing with Azure SQL Database as their database service:

  • Scalability – Azure SQL Database enables you to easily scale your database by adding more compute power (scale-up) or adding more database units (scale-out). Flexible plans of Azure SQL database meet the needs of big as well as small enterprises. The pricing structure allows users to pay as little as $4.99 per database per month with maximum storage set at 150 GB per database. That’s a lot of space for very little cost.

    When demand for your app grows from a handful of devices and customers to millions, Azure SQL Database scales on the fly with minimal downtime. Scalability is one of the most important characteristics of PaaS that enables you to dynamically add more resources to your service when needed. Azure SQL Database enables you to easily change resources (CPU power, memory, IO throughput, and storage) allocated to your databases.

  • High Speed and Minimal Down Time – High availability architectures mean high-speed connectivity and data retrieval as well as low downtime at your organization. There’s nothing worse than stopping business because your technology can’t keep up, but that is no longer a problem with Azure SQL Database.
    There are multiple levels of implementation available on Azure SQL Database. If the requirement is just a website and a database, you can just subscribe for a SQL Azure instance to an Azure website. On the other hand, if you need a fully functional VM for your enterprise you can avail that as well.  These implementation options help make your company more adaptable to the inevitable changes it undergoes on a regular basis.

  • Time Is On Your Side – With no administrative duties on your physical location, employees can take time for strategic work to advance and grow all-around business success. When your database is hosted in the cloud, you don’t have to deal with setting up SQL Server, apportioning databases, and dealing with physical machine maintenance and upkeep. All of this results in better alignment of your organization and ultimately more time on your side.

  • Improved Usability – Using standard SQL, it’s much easier to manage database systems without having to write or update a huge amount of code.

  • Streamlined business continuity with automatic backups and geo-replication

  • Microsoft-backed database-as-a-service with 99.99% uptime SLA Provision and pay-as-you-go

  • Familiar development tools – T-SQL, REST APIs, PowerShell, SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS), Visual Studio, popular platforms and technologies including .NET, Java, Ruby on Rails, and Node.js and Azure Management Portal with HTML5 support

  • Zero administration – Virtualized infrastructure removes nearly all maintenance including automated software patching

 

Let Sysfore be your guide

We offer a comprehensive solution to convert legacy and near-legacy databases to modern database platforms that will allow you to scale your business. We begin with a detailed assessment of the database schema along with a baseline performance requirement. We then use this information to recreate your database environment without the data. This approach alleviates any data privacy concerns. We then internally set up a repeatable process to convert legacy databases to the modern database of your choice. We work with you to tailor a future-proof system architecture in the cloud or on-premises.

 

We follow a 5 step process for database modernization:

  1. Assessment
  2. Database and Data conversion
  3. Application COnversion
  4. Quality Assurance
  5. Deployment, Training & Support

 

As your trusted partner, Sysfore can help you understand how these changes could impact your business and assist your transition to the latest offerings. We can offer you:

  • Free Workshop on Azure Database for SQL/PostgreSQL/MySQL
  • Free Assessment of existing on-premise SQL/PostgreSQL/MySQL database
  • Free SQL/PostgreSQL/MySQL Architectural preparation
  • Free Consultation and migration to SQL on LINUX
  • Get a free Azure Trial Credit pack for 100$

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Sysfore, A Microsoft Cloud solution provider and a Gold Partner, uses a leading network, technology, and service expertise to deliver our service anytime, virtually anywhere, quickly and efficiently. We have helped over 80 small enterprises and 30 mid-sized enterprises across the globe for successful cloud migration in the past 8 years. Contact one of our experts today and we will help you find the perfect solution for your business. Write to us at info@sysfore.com or give us a call at +91 (80) 4110 5555

All You Need to Know Before Moving Applications to the Cloud

Organizations lift and shift their workloads on the cloud because it is cheaper and quicker than other migration techniques, but that doesn’t mean it is always the best fit.

IT teams often face budget issues and time constraints, so they believe they have very little choices. Additionally, they’ll feel hurried to get the applications up and running by cloud providers eager to bill these new workloads. But there are significant disadvantages to a lift and shift approach when compared to application refactoring, also known as rearchitecting.

It may be cheaper up front to simply rehost your application and its data as is on the public cloud, but this approach could ultimately cost more than it would run a cloud-native app instead. There may also be performance issues caused by changes in the software architecture, missed software bugs and an inability to properly utilize cloud vendors’ native services for monitoring, security, and governance.

It is always best to refactor the workload as part of the migration, because the lift and shift approach may not always deliver the results and tuning doesn’t solve the problem. A migrated application may also benefit from refactoring when bills are unexpectedly high due to application or database inefficiencies or when security vulnerabilities arise because the application can’t integrate with native security systems, such as identity and access management tools.  

 

What is app-refactoring

App refactoring is the restructuring of existing computer code to improve its performance, readability, portability or code adherence without changing the code’s intended functions.

Refactoring is done to extend the apps’ usability and life cycle, improve support for multiple mobile platforms and extend their market reach through multiple app stores.

 

When and how do you refactor apps?

Organizations must consider several factors before they decide to refactor their apps — the most important of which is cost. If you can’t make your money back from refactoring applications, then it should not be attempted. There’s also a great variety of refactoring tools to choose from, and an application’s needs will vary depending on what programming languages and databases that app relies on. Generally speaking, however, the categories of tools include anything that assists in designing and developing microservices that utilize cloud-native APIs. Moreover, container development and Kubernetes deployment and operations are also a common way to refactor.

 

Organizations also have several ways to refactor their applications for the cloud.

A complete refactor is when more than 50% of the code is changed and the database is updated to utilize as many cloud-native features as required by the application. This strategy can improve performance, operations costs and IT teams’ ability to meet the needs of the business. However, the process could be too costly or complex, and it can introduce bugs.

Minimum viable refactoring prioritizes speed and efficiency, as it requires only slight changes to the application. Users who take this approach often incorporate cloud-native security, management and perhaps a public cloud database into their migrated workload.

Containerization refactoring is done when applications are moved into containers with minimal modifications. The applications exist within the container, which enables users to incorporate cloud-native features and improve portability. Costs and refactoring times continue to go down due to the popularity of containers and their growing ecosystems.

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Serverless computing is a cloud computing execution model in which the cloud provider dynamically manages the allocation of machine resources. Serverless computing is steered by the reaction to triggers and events happening in near-real-time–in the cloud. The code written by a developer is executed and only the precise amount of computing resources are taken to complete the task, no more, no less.

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Enterprises should bear in mind that most applications and data sets that can move to a public cloud require at least some refactoring and users should at least do minimum viable refactoring for most of the cloud-hosted application.  

 

Get in touch with us to find out what refactoring method works the best for your workload.

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Sysfore is a Gold Microsoft Azure and AWS partner with 8+ years of cloud consulting and managed service expertise. We have the privilege of executing the largest data center migration projects in India and have engaged with over 100+ customers on their cloud journey.

Use Cloud Computing to Transform your Startup into Tomorrow’s Mid-Market Powerhouse

Startups are launched around the world every minute and have goals of making it to the mid-market by daybreak. In an extremely competitive marketplace, to reach the mid-market, a great value proposition alone wouldn’t be enough. These startups also need to control business expenses by improving their operational efficiencies.

High growth businesses around the world are already utilizing cloud-based infrastructure to extract operational efficiencies and cost savings. Startups are no exceptions, and leading startups in India are keenly aware of this reality, with examples of organizations such as Ola & Flipkart, who have been taking advantage of new age cloud platform like Azure for quite a while now.

Recently at the largest technology conference of the country, we had the opportunity to meet a lot of new and promising startups, innovations from deep learning AI bots to spectral satellite connected data analytics engine to estimate crop performance were present. VCs were very welcoming to these ideas although they were hesitant to give them investments because of their IT operations. Scalability of the enterprise operation has caused them an arm and a leg. For a new business to compete in the market, it has become inevitable for them to migrate to the cloud.

James Steven, Vice President, and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research were quoted in an article by searchcloudcomputing, as saying: “First and foremost, startups that offer software or online services have to prove their business model works in the cloud before they are likely to get any venture capital funding these days”.

Migration to the cloud makes it easier for startups to set up operations with exceptional IT capabilities and greater agility than traditional IT models. With its inherent cost benefits and limitless IT possibilities, cloud arms startups with optimal operational potential to compete in the marketplaces.

Cloud computing allows you to accelerate your innovation. Build simple to complex projects with an easy-to-use and consistent portal experience that offers the cloud services you need most.

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For startups, there are various other benefits as well:


Immense scalability- This is one of the most valuable and predominant features of cloud computing for startups. Through scalability, you can scale up your data storage capacity or scale it down to meet the demands of your growing business. This feature enables you to accommodate larger workloads without disruption or complete transformation of existing infrastructure.

Minimal Investment – When it comes to cost benefits, Azure and AWS provide reserved instance on their servers which enables them to access cloud services at a rate as low as data center providers.Know more about reserved instances on cloud. Apart from cost-cutting, there are more solution, cost-effectiveness, and savings which can be achieved with cloud computing technology.

Undivided Attention- -For any company whether startup or MNC it is important to focus on core job. If you have a great idea and want to cap it, then worrying about underlying infrastructure or platform should be your last priority. Cloud computing takes care of the underlying framework and lets you work seamlessly and at scale.

 

In the present day, there are umpteen cloud service partners and technologies for every architecture that you might imagine. If you still haven’t haven’t chosen a cloud service partner – this article is for you.  A cloud service partner can help you in managing your cloud infrastructure, refactoring and re-architecting your application, providing database solutions, managing and configuring the networks, security and much more. Cloud services are becoming increasingly desirable for companies because they offer advantages in terms of cost, scalability, and accessibility.

Sysfore, a Microsoft Gold Cloud Partner and certified AWS partner offer highly tailored managed services to supplement your internal IT support resources and skills to meet the demanding SLAs required by your business. Based on the different levels of abstractions in the services and your requirements, we can identify what suits your business the most. 

Startups need to be scalable, flexible and agile to grow rapidly with limited investment in capital, labor or land. Following are a few different cloud models startups can choose from.

 

IaaS

Infrastructure as a Service(IaaS) is a low-level solution, similar to a Linux Ubuntu server with nothing installed on it. IaaS provides a virtual computing infrastructure that startups can use to access their infrastructure remotely via an internet connection.

IaaS is an ideal choice for startups that want to:

  • Back up virtual machines or server databases & logs to the cloud.
  • Extend On-Premise networks to the cloud and back-up data.
  • Host business-critical applications with little to no downtime.

Benefits of IaaS:

  • Eliminates all purchasing costs, fees, and maintenance charges associated with hardware.
  • Offered as a pay-as-you-go service, saving businesses a ton of money.
  • Can be scaled up and down quickly in response to an enterprise’s requirements.
  • Provides a consolidated disaster recovery infrastructure, reducing costs and increasing manageability.
Sysfore’s solutions for one of the early stage technology startups has led to a 72% increase in productivity and a 150% reduction in time required earlier.

PaaS

Platform as a Service(PaaS) PaaS refers to cloud platforms that provide runtime environments for developing, testing, and managing applications. Software developers can deploy applications – ranging from simple to sophisticated – without needing to configure or operate typical IT development & execution infrastructure such as — servers, databases, operating systems, development tools. Therefore, PaaS is the most suitable choice for software development companies.

Paas is an ideal choice for startups that want to:

  • Reduce the time taken for the development of applications.
  • Run multiple programming languages.
  • Enable collaboration of remote and distributed teams.

Benefits of PaaS:

  • Simplifies the process of application deployment, management, and scaling, allowing for increased developer productivity
  • Improved infrastructure utilization, that removes unnecessary human configuration tasks by providing self-service interfaces.
  • Eliminates the need for time-consuming configuration tasks, by accessing a user-friendly “plug-and-play” interface
At Sysfore, we have helped our clients reduce the turnaround time of information gathering from 6 hours to 30 minutes, which in-turn accelerated decision-making across the organization and reinvent swiftly in case of changing market conditions.  

Adopting cloud computing can be an effective tool for startup companies to manage costs. With no upfront costs and scalable as per the needs of the start-up, migrating to the cloud seems like a promising option to help enhance a  startup’s growth. But understanding what your business needs is also important. Book a free expert consultation to include cloud in your IT planning.

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Sysfore is a Gold Microsoft Azure and AWS partner with 8+ years of cloud consulting and managed service expertise. We have the privilege of executing the largest data center migration projects in India and have engaged with over 100+ customers on their cloud journey.