Migrating applications and workloads to the cloud is fast becoming imperative. With costs and economic instability on the rise, organisations are under pressure to optimise their operations and reduce unnecessary expenses. At the same time, they must meet growing appetite amongst consumers for innovative and personalised experiences. More than ever, businesses require agile and high-performing applications to drive innovation, something that on-promises environments can struggle to deliver.

However, by migrating enterprise-critical workloads to the cloud, businesses can drive cost efficiencies and, more importantly, unlock a raft of new opportunities in areas such as artificial intelligence and machine learning. The first step in this journey is to modernise how businesses treat their data by moving related workloads to the cloud. This is an area that businesses are prioritising. Research from Foundry suggests that investments in data and analytics have come second only to cybersecurity over the past year.

Migration made simple

Migrating SQL Server databases to the cloud is an important element of the data modernisation journey. Here, the choice of cloud platform is important for simplifying and accelerating the migration process. For instance, Amazon EC2 for SQL Server enables organisations to gain granular control over their Microsoft SQL Server database configuration and management.

Additionally, the Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) provides a managed service so AWS can handle administrative tasks such as hardware provisioning, patching, and backups, freeing up time and resources. That makes it simple for businesses to set up, operate, and scale SQL Server instances, and frees up time for them to focus on more valuable tasks, such as application development.

Migrating SQL Servers to AWS Cloud with Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors allows customers to balance the cost and performance of SQL servers in their environments. Intel Xeon processors provide the foundation of many of the cloud computing services deployed on AWS, including the Amazon EC2 for SQL Server and Amazon Relational Database Service.

SQL server success

A wide range of businesses are benefiting from migrating their SQL Server instances to the AWS Cloud. 3M Health Care, for instance, has removed the need for manual maintenance and is benefiting from being able to store data for longer periods of time and add nodes to the cluster whenever required.

Kaplan, meanwhile, has been able to reduce the time its team spends on day-to-day maintenance, freeing up time to focus on higher priorities such as enhancements. The company experiences a level of control and standardisation it was not able to achieve with its on-premises systems.

Amazon RDS for SQL Server makes migrating SQL databases to the cloud simple and effective. Freed of database management tasks and powered by smart features such as auto-scale storage and automated backups, IT teams can spend more time focused on unlocking the potential of AI and ML applications and delivering against customer demand for ever-greater experiences and services. Cloud migration is imperative, but it need no longer be complex.

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