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Database Migration to the Cloud: Things You Should Consider

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Did you know that 63% of organizations are actively migrating data from on-premises databases to the cloud? So says an IDC survey, and another 29% are planning to start a database migration within 3 years.Database Migration

Carl Olofson, IDC’s Vice President of Research specializing in data management software, recently participated as a guest speaker in an Actian webinar where he discussed survey results, including the wide-ranging benefits that companies are realizing from their database migration to the cloud. The benefits include higher availability, improved security, better scalability, and much more.

At the same time, he cautioned that moving mission-critical databases to the cloud is not a decision to be taken lightly and shared great advice on determining whether you should continue with the technology that you know or try something different. Then, if you are ready to try something different, there are other questions to ask. Key among them: whether the database that drives your enterprise will be well-supported in the cloud.

Here’s his list of requirements that you need to look for in a managed database cloud service:

  • Provides transparent maintenance of database software
  • Ensures uninterrupted operation with even performance
  • Enables easy spin-up of database instances (this is key for development projects)
  • Provides data security policies that align with your data security policies
  • Grows and shrinks database resources as needed
  • Database infrastructure maintained by experienced trained professionals who are experts in the database technology in question
  • Provides the capability for dynamic failover and disaster recovery and may include multi-region failover support

The webinar at which Carl Olofson spoke is available on demand. You can hear Carl discuss these requirements and other factors you should take into account before shifting to the cloud. If you’re an Ingres or OpenROAD customer, I would encourage you to stay to the webinar’s end when Emma McGrattan, Senior Vice President of Engineering at Actian, discusses Ingres NeXt, Actian’s strategy for shifting to the cloud with virtually no conversion pain.

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About Teresa Wingfield

As the Director of Product Marketing at Actian, Teresa Wingfield focuses on hybrid cloud data solutions. Prior to joining Actian, Teresa managed cloud and security product marketing at industry leaders such as Cisco, VMware, and McAfee. She was also Datameer’s first Vice President of Marketing where she led all marketing functions for the company’s big data analytics solution built on Hadoop. Before this, Teresa was VP of Research at Giga Information Group, acquired by Forrester, providing strategic advisory services for data warehousing and analytics. Teresa holds graduate degrees in management from MIT’s Sloan School and software engineering from Harvard University.