Microsoft SQL Server 2016: Is It Right for You?

August 22, 2017
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There are many reasons you might be considering an upgrade to Microsoft SQL Server 2016 for your organization. The end of support for many popular versions of Microsoft SQL Server is fast approaching and this is a key time to decide whether or not you should upgrade to Microsoft SQL Server 2016. We feel the answer is a resounding “YES” and here are the reasons why.

Microsoft is the recognized leader in the operational database management system space, however don’t take our word for it alone. Gartner rated Microsoft as the leader in the OPDBMS Magic Quadrant for 2016. Microsoft continues to excel in its Gartner rankings because the technology is agile, and can help your organization tackle common industry challenges in ways that align to your particular business needs.

For example, one of the most challenging areas around databases is how to take advantage of the cloud. While many databases offer cloud-based options, Microsoft has several ways to expand your database strategy to the cloud while still retaining an on-premises solution, should you require a hybrid approach. SQL Server 2016 is compelling because it allows businesses to retain data on-premises and extend specific workloads to the cloud in a hybrid model, or do a full transition to the cloud depending on what is right for the organization.

Many companies are reluctant to move to SQL Server 2016 because of perceived increases in licensing costs. However, new capabilities in transitioning databases and data storage to the Azure cloud allow for increased flexibility and potentially lower costs – food for thought while considering the next steps on your digital  journey.

There are multiple ways upgrading to SQL Server 2016 can benefit your cloud strategy. Not only can it quickly scale to either a Database Platform as a Service (DBPaaS) or an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solution for virtual environments, but it can also incorporate SQL Server Stretch for those organizations desiring a complete hybrid solution.

Without a doubt, there are many reasons you should be looking at SQL Server 2016. And with the on-coming end of support for many SQL server platforms, along with the desire to digitally transform by moving to the cloud, the time to explore your upgrade options are now.

Knowing which cloud-based solution is right for your business can be confusing at best. Leveraging our proven methodology, SoftwareONE will analyze your organization’s usage of SQL and can advise you on which path best suits your organization.

Don’t get left behind in your ability to transition your business to the cloud while saving your organization money. You won’t regret implementing the Gartner-recognized leader in the OPDBMS space while giving your organization the unprecedented ability to transition to the cloud and propel your business to the next level.

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