There are many different database platforms that organizations can choose for collecting, storing, and analyzing their data resources. They range from relational databases such as SQL Server to NoSQL variations like MongoDB. The choice of platform is often tied to the business needs that the database is meant to address. In a perfect IT world, the initial decision regarding which database to use never has to be revisited. Unfortunately, none of us work at that shop.
Why Are Databases Migrated to New Platforms?
An enterprise can decide to migrate databases to new platforms for a variety of reasons. In some cases, its hand may be forced to a degree by evolving business needs and requirements. Though many modern migrations are done to move on-premises databases to cloud providers, other migration paths are just as valid. Moving to alternate platforms within the current environment is common. At times, cloud migration doesn’t work out as planned and the systems need to be returned to their original data center.
Here are some reasons to migrate to a new database platform.
Steps Involved in Database Migration
Regardless of the type of database migration that is under consideration, the method used to perform the operation involves several important steps. These need to be addressed after the new platform and migration target have been identified.
Using the Right Tools to Ensure Success
Approaching a database migration without the proper tools is a recipe for failure. Aqua Data Studio can be a valuable addition to the database team’s arsenal of software tools. One of the great advantages of Aqua Data Studio is its support of over 40 different database platforms. Your team can use the same application to access and manage both the pre and post-migration databases, reducing complexity and increasing the probability of success.
The feature set of Aqua Data Studio makes it an excellent solution for teams migrating databases. It can easily compare schemas and facilitates the conversions required to move data to a new platform. You can reverse engineer the source database and develop entity-relationship models that enable a deep understanding of the information that needs to be moved.
The wide range of platforms that Aqua Data Studio supports allows your team to gain expertise in a single management tool that increases their productivity. It’s a great tool for daily DBA activities as well as to assist in the complex database migrations that teams are called on to perform.
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