Consolidating Your On-Premises SQL Server Environment to the Cloud


SQL Server’s broad popularity is in part driven by how easy it is to install, configure, and manage. But that can have a downside too – server sprawl. Consequently, there comes a time for most organizations to rein in the sprawl, but we have new options now – cloud, whether that is AWS or Microsoft Azure. When consolidating, you will get benefits ranging from reducing costs for software licenses, OpEx rather than CapEx budgeting, no hardware to manage, software that is always up-to-date and fully patched, but also for reduced management needs and organizational complexity.  

Every big and complex IT project deserves time and attention to planning for optimal outcomes, and a consolidation is no different. In this webinar, the panel will focus on consolidating SQL Server environments from on-premises environments into either the Amazon or Microsoft cloud. The agenda include topics like: 

  • Introduction to the cloud, both AWS and Azure 

  • Licensing costs and alternatives, plus partial cloud implementations 

  • Issues of downtime, high availability, and parallel processing while transitioning from on-prem to the cloud 

  • Practical tips and tricks when conducting the consolidation, such as when NOT to move to the cloud 

  • Steps to take in advance of a move to the cloud due to different costing structure 

This session will help you advance your skills with managing an unruly and growing environment. By teaching you the major considerations when planning a database cloud consolidation project, you face less problems and enjoy a faster and more productive consolidation of your environment with less hardware to manage and even reducing your licensing requirements.  


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Kevin Kline

Kevin Kline

Principal Program Manager, SentryOne

Kevin (@kekline) serves as Principal Program Manager at SentryOne. He is a founder and former president of PASS and the author of popular IT books like SQL in a Nutshell. Kevin is a renowned database expert, software industry veteran, Microsoft SQL Server MVP, and long-time blogger at blogs.sentryone.com/author/kevinkline. As a noted leader in the SQL Server community, Kevin blogs about Microsoft Data Platform features and best practices, SQL Server trends, and professional development for data professionals.

Frederick Lowe

Frederick Lowe

Principal Development DBA, Data FLowe Solutions

Rick is a Microsoft Certified Master with more than 15 years of experience working with SQL Server. He currently works as an independent performance DBA/Developer for clients across the USA and Canada. He started his career as a database developer, but over time became more and more interested in how the database engine operated ... eventually becoming more focused on operational and performance issues than code.

Rick will work with all things on the relational side of SQL Server, but most enjoys helping smaller companies get better performance from MSSQL as well as smoothing over relationships between DBA and development teams.

Dustin Dorsey

Dustin Dorsey

Managing Database Engineer, LifePoint Health

Dustin Dorsey is currently the Managing Database Engineer for LifePoint Health in which he leads a team responsible for managing and engineering solutions in database technologies for 90 hospitals. He has been working with and supporting SQL Server predominantly in healthcare since 2008 in an administration, architecture, development and BI capacity. He is passionate about finding ways to solve problems that plague the everyday DBA and loves sharing this with others. He can be found speaking at SQL community events, as well as, blogging at DustinDorsey.com

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