Are you considering migrating some of your Oracle workload to the cloud? Here’s why you should consider Quest SharePlex to help you reduce downtime and mitigate risk; and why Azure is worth considering as a cloud service

Why SharePlex?

Your data has to be moved from your on-premise or hosted environment. For large databases, copying data over a network can take hours, days or even weeks. With SharePlex, you can:

Reduce Downtime

Before you start your copy, start SharePlex to capture transactions against your old database. Make your copy while your users are still using your old database, apply the captured transactions to the new database and then let SharePlex keep your old and new databases synchronized. Then you can move users to Azure with little or no downtime and no data loss. You can watch this video for more information about zero-downtime migrations.

Reduce Risk – Compare and Repair

As you move your data to the cloud, you need to be sure the data in cloud database is an exact copy of the data in your source, and that no data is missing. Compare and repair functionality built-in to SharePlex will allow you to assure your users that the data in the source and target databases is identical. Click here to see a short video on compare/repair.

Reduce Risk – Bi-directional replication

Once you’ve moved your data and your users are working on the cloud database; what happens if you encounter performance or other issues in your new environment. With SharePlex, you can always “go home”. Simply start SharePlex on your new system, pointing to your old system as a target. Then, if you should have to move back to your old system, you can apply all the transactions that occurred on the new system; completely eliminating the risk of lost data.

Reduce Risk – Phased migration or Hybrid Cloud

Perhaps you have multiple applications accessing your Oracle database. Rather than try a risky “big bang” approach, and migrate all of your applications at once, you can use SharePlex to keep data synchronized bi-directionally between your Azure and on-premise databases. This allows you to phase-in your cloud use over time. See here how one of our customers used SharePlex to migrate several large mission critical databases to the cloud.

'Do you have an application that requires an older version of Oracle, or for some other reason isn’t a candidate for migration to the cloud? Again, bi-directional replication lets you keep some data on-premise, while still taking advantage of all Azure has to offer.

Why Azure?

The Azure cloud infrastructure is as mature and robust as any; and is based on industry standard hardware and software. With your Oracle databases running in Azure, you can:

RightSize your investment

Azure’s state-of-the-art hardware often allows customers to reduce resources allocated to Oracle, resulting in cost savings. You can also make use of Quest Foglight to help you find and eliminate performance bottlenecks, and Foglight Evolve to discover over-allocated resources.

Unlock your data

Azure not only runs Oracle, it’s also home to Synapse, Cosmos, Event Hub, PowerBI, SQlServer, and other data and analytics tools that your Data Scientists and Business Analysts are already using today. Once you have your data in an Oracle database on Azure, you can use SharePlex to unlock that data and make it available to SQLServer, Synapse, PowerBI or any other Azure services, either directly or through Azure Event Hub. Click here see a blog on using SharePlex to move data to Azure Event Hub

Microsoft and Quest – a match for the ages

Microsoft and Quest have a long history of close partnership and collaboration, from platform management to performance analysis, benchmarking, and backup and recovery. We can help you move, monitor, and manage your data at every step along your journey to the cloud. To learn more about SharePlex, click here.

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