Is It Time to Stretch Your Database to the Cloud?

September 19, 2017
Dan Ortman


Dan Ortman

With many CIOs preoccupied with digital transformation, the goal of moving large investment infrastructure (and the software running on it) to the cloud is always a topic of hot debate.  However, smart IT departments proceed with caution before jumping wholesale into the cloud.  After all, IT is on the line for the delivery of critical business services, no matter where they reside. There is a great deal of comfort knowing your data and your databases are on-premises where you can physically monitor and manage them. However, the push to the cloud is a natural (and inevitable) progression and there is a way to accommodate both the risk-averse IT department and the CIO’s vision of digital transformation.

Fortunately, when it comes to your data and databases, a hybrid solution can allow you to keep as many or as few physical machines and databases on-premises as you like, while enabling you to easily expand your data to the cloud in a way that can both lower costs and reduce risks.

Introducing SQL Server Stretch—an innovative way to transition to the cloud while keeping critical, or heavily accessed (hot), data on-premises. Typically, when it comes to data and storage, there are large amounts of information that are only occasionally accessed (warm) or not accessed at all (cold).  Even if data storage is cheap, costs do add up, and many CIOs are questioning if there is a better way to do it. Why not put warm and cold data into the cloud—but in such a way that it can still be queried efficiently and effectively by your on-premises solution?

Still, getting an accurate picture of what data could potentially be in Azure databases is an important factor in business decision-making moving forward.  SoftwareONE can remove the guesswork through its Microsoft Advisory Board services specific to SQL Server, helping you to understand what the technology can do through discovery.

Together, you can realize the benefits of SQL Server 2016 and SQL Server Stretch to:

  • Scale SQL Server 2016 using the cloud storage you need
  • Make warm and cold data available to customers at low cost
  • Access and query stretched data online
  • Reduce maintenance and storage costs for on-premises data

With an estimated cost savings of up to 40% less than expanding existing on-premises storage, Microsoft SQL Server Stretch certainly appeals to the CIO. Not only are you getting a Gartner-recognized leader in the Operational Database Management System (OPDBMS) Magic Quadrant, but you also gain the ability to extend to the Azure cloud, progress your digital transformation, and optimize licensing. These components are great conversation pieces that form a more important bigger picture, all of which SoftwareONE can assist with.

So is it time to stretch your database to the cloud?  That’s something both CIOs and IT can agree on. SoftwareONE’s advisory allows IT departments to breathe a sigh of relief because they don’t lose control over critical “high touch” data, and CIOs get a satisfying boost to the bottom line.

It’s time to expand your data storage and database strategy beyond traditional borders to the cloud. The cost savings alone merit exploring Microsoft SQL Server Stretch, and SoftwareONE can guide you to the ideal solution for your organization’s digital journey.

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