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Accelerating Windows application modernisation with AWS Babelfish

Pete Doyle
Pete DoyleAWS Solution Specialist
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In the rapidly evolving landscape of cloud computing, businesses are seeking ways to modernise their applications and infrastructure to stay competitive. At SoftwareOne, an AWS Premier Consulting Partner, we understand the importance of helping our clients migrate away from Microsoft Windows and SQL Server-based workloads to achieve greater efficiency, scalability, and cost savings. In this blog post, we will explore how you can supercharge your application modernisation journey by leveraging AWS Babelfish for Aurora PostgreSQL.

The challenge of Microsoft Windows and SQL Server based workloads

Many organisations have relied on Microsoft Windows and SQL Server for their workloads and applications for years. However, this legacy infrastructure often presents challenges such as higher costs, limited scalability, and the need for ongoing maintenance. To remain competitive and future-proof your technology stack, it’s essential to explore alternatives that enable agility, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness.

The power of application modernisation

Application modernisation is a transformative process that helps businesses revamp their existing applications, making them more agile, scalable, and cost-efficient. This journey often involves refactoring or rearchitecting applications to run in the cloud. At SoftwareOne, we are committed to helping our clients harness the power of application modernisation to realise these benefits.

Leveraging AWS Babelfish for Aurora PostgreSQL

AWS Babelfish for Aurora PostgreSQL is a revolutionary tool that accelerates the migration of Microsoft SQL Server databases to Amazon Aurora. This innovative solution significantly reduces the complexities and costs associated with migrating SQL Server based applications. Here’s how AWS Babelfish for Aurora PostgreSQL can be the secret weapon in your modernisation journey:

  • Seamless compatibility: AWS Babelfish for Aurora PostgreSQL is designed to be compatible with SQL Server, allowing you to migrate your applications without extensive code modifications. This means a faster and more straightforward migration process.
  • Cost reduction: By migrating your workloads to Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL, you can take advantage of a cost-effective, fully managed database service. This translates to substantial cost savings compared to traditional SQL Server based databases.
  • Performance optimisation: Aurora is known for its high performance and scalability. By migrating to Aurora PostgreSQL with the help of Babelfish, you can experience improved application performance, which is vital for your business’s success.
  • Security and reliability: With AWS, security and reliability are paramount. Your data will be stored securely in an AWS-managed environment, with advanced data protection measures in place.
  • Flexibility and scalability: Aurora allows you to scale your database resources up or down based on your application’s demands, ensuring that your infrastructure is agile and adaptable.

The path to success

To accelerate your migration away from Microsoft Windows and SQL Server based workloads through application modernisation, follow these steps:

  • 1. Assessment

    Start by identifying your existing SQL Server-based workloads and assessing their compatibility with Babelfish Compass, an easy to use AWS tool that will generate a compatibility assessment report.

  • 2. Planning

    Develop a comprehensive migration plan, considering your application’s architecture, data requirements, and performance needs. SoftwareOne recommends running a Proof of Concept and can help you align this with the AWS funding programs.

  • 3. Migration

    Begin the migration process with the help of experts at SoftwareOne. Our extensive application modernisation experience, along with leveraging AWS Babelfish for Aurora PostgreSQL will simplify and accelerate the transition.

  • 4. Optimisation

    After migration, fine-tune your applications to take full advantage of the AWS cloud environment, optimising performance and cost efficiency. SoftwareOne is part of the FinOps Foundation, cost efficiency is in our DNA.

  • 5. Monitoring and maintenance

    Continuously monitor your applications to ensure they operate at peak performance and remain secure.


Migrating away from Microsoft Windows and SQL Server-based workloads is a strategic move to enhance your organisation’s agility, scalability, and cost-efficiency. With AWS Babelfish for Aurora PostgreSQL, you have a powerful tool to expedite this transition. At SoftwareOne, we are here to guide you through the entire process, from assessment to optimisation, ensuring a seamless and successful migration.

Contact SoftwareOne today to learn how you can unlock the full potential of AWS Babelfish for Aurora PostgreSQL and propel your application modernisation journey.

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Pete Doyle

Pete Doyle
AWS Solution Specialist