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Azure Database Migration Service: Simplify your SQL migrations

Cloud migration and data consolidation are foreign concepts for many businesses outside of the IT industry. 

Transferring years worth of sensitive data from ageing servers onto a new all-digital solution is nerve-wracking for everyone, let alone working around system intermissions and unforeseen problems. 

Thankfully, it’s 2020 and businesses are positively spoiled when it comes to simplified cloud migration services that optimise IT infrastructure more efficiently. Microsoft has recently made SQL migrations simpler with a unified migration tool called Azure Database Migration Service, which removes the remaining barriers preventing you from moving to the cloud. We explain how it can help alleviate common roadblocks affecting several businesses in Australia.


What is Azure Database Migration Service?

Azure Database Migration Service (Azure DMS) is Microsoft’s all-in-one solution for database migration to the Cloud. It is an Azure-based, fully managed database migration service that enables seamless and streamlined transfers of large, ageing SQL database(s) to the Azure Cloud data platform with as minimal downtime as possible.

Azure DMS has become Microsoft’s preferred method for SQL Server database migration to Microsoft Azure at scale, so it’s more important than ever you understand how it can be a potential game-changer for your business if you’re preparing to move to the cloud.


How Azure DMS streamlines cloud migration

Azure DMS has been optimised to move large numbers of data-heavy servers reliably and at a much faster speed than existing services from Microsoft. It also requires the least amount of user involvement during the migration process, reducing risk, an invaluable advantage which cannot be understated for organisations with restricted bandwidth.

It removes much of these growing pains surrounding the migration planning process by integrating all of the proven functionality of existing tools such as Data Migration Assistant (DMA) and the SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) into one fully managed service.


Why should I use Azure Data Migration Service?

Azure Database Migration Service significantly improves upon these legacy Microsoft migration tools by automating much of the preparation phase and taking users of all skill levels through every step of the transfer process.

For instance, Azure DMS provides the full functionality of the DMA, which generates helpful assessment reports to guide your business through the changes you need to make before you kick start migration.

Azure DMS then automatically performs all of the recommended steps it lists, based on the best practices and the successful results of countless tests determined by Microsoft itself - for peace of mind.

The major advantage of using Azure DMS is it makes it possible to start a migration project without waiting for excessive downtime to end. You can continue on with regular operations during migration activities, which frees up more time to drive other digital initiatives.

Enabling less downtime is invaluable on its own, and perhaps the only real feature of Azure DMS your company needs to start using it for simplified cloud migration.


Using Azure DMS for non-Microsoft database migrations

The new all-in-one migration service is also optimised to move databases not just from legacy Microsoft data solutions like SQL Server, but even third-party products and other open-source management systems like DB2, MySQL, Oracle and Sybase.

What this means is even if you never licensed and used Microsoft database tools for your on-premises data warehouse in the past, you’re still able to move your business data to the Azure platform and take advantage of its offerings and services like Power BI.



Azure DMS is a standard migration solution which has been designed to reduce complexity, risk and operational overhead that comes with any SQL database migration. For more information, view our Azure SQL Migration whitepaper.


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Tags: Azure SQL, Azure Cloud, Data & AI