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Migrating your Oracle and SQL Server databases to Google Cloud

November 29, 2022
Yoav Eilat

Product Marketing Manager, Databases

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For several decades, before the rise of cloud computing upended the way we think about databases and applications, Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server databases were a mainstay of business application architectures. But today, as you map out your cloud journey, you’re probably reevaluating your technology choices in light of the cloud’s vast possibilities and current industry trends.

In the database realm, these trends include a shift to open source technologies (especially to MySQL, PostgreSQL, and their derivatives), adoption of non-relational databases, multi-cloud and hybrid-cloud strategies, and the need to support global, always-on applications. Each application may require a different cloud journey, whether it’s a quick lift-and-shift migration, a larger application modernization effort, or a complete transformation with a cloud-first database.

Google Cloud offers a suite of managed database services that support open source, third-party, and cloud-first database engines. At Next 2022, we published five new videos specifically for Oracle and SQL Server customers looking to either lift-and-shift to the cloud or fully free themselves from licensing and other restrictions. We hope you’ll find the videos useful in thinking through your options, whether you’re leaning towards a homogeneous migration (using the same database you have today) or a heterogeneous migration (switching to a different database engine).

Let’s dive into our five new videos.

#1 Running Oracle-based applications on Google Cloud

By Jagdeep Singh & Andy Colvin

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Moving to the cloud may be difficult if your business depends on applications running on an Oracle database. Some applications may have dependencies on Oracle for reasons such as compatibility, licensing, and management. Learn about several solutions from Google Cloud, including Bare Metal Solution for Oracle, a hardware solution certified and optimized for Oracle workloads, and solutions from cloud partners such as VMware and Equinix. See how you can run legacy workloads on Oracle while adopting modern cloud technologies for newer workloads.

#2 Running SQL Server-based applications on Google Cloud

By Isabella Lubin

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Microsoft SQL Server remains a popular commercial database engine. Learn how to run SQL Server reliably and securely with Cloud SQL, a fully-managed database service for running MySQL, PostgreSQL and SQL Server workloads. In fact, Cloud SQL is trusted by some of the world’s largest enterprises with more than 90% of the top 100 Google Cloud customers using Cloud SQL. We’ll explore how to select the right database instance, how to migrate your database, how to work with standard SQL Server tools, and how to monitor your database and keep it up to date.

#3 Choosing a PostgreSQL database on Google Cloud

By Mohsin Imam

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PostgreSQL is an industry-leading relational database widely admired for its permissive open source licensing, rich functionality, proven track record in the enterprise, and strong community of developers and tools. Google Cloud offers three fully-managed databases for PostgreSQL users: Cloud SQL, an easy-to-use fully-managed database service for open source PostgreSQL; AlloyDB, a PostgreSQL-compatible database service for applications that require an additional level of scalability, availability, and performance; and Cloud Spanner, a cloud-first database with unlimited global scale, 99.999% availability and a PostgreSQL interface. Learn which one is right for your application, how to migrate your database to the cloud, and how to get started.

#4 How to migrate and modernize your applications with Google Cloud databases

By Sandeep Brahmarouthu

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Migrating your applications and databases to the cloud isn’t always easy. While simple workloads may just require a simple database lift-and-shift, custom enterprise applications may benefit from more complete modernization and transformation efforts. Learn about the managed database services available from Google Cloud, our approach to phased modernization, the database migration framework and programs that we offer, and how we can help you get started with a risk-free assessment.

#5 Getting started with Database Migration Service

By Shachar Guz & Inna Weiner

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Migrating your databases to the cloud becomes very attractive as the cost of maintaining legacy databases increases. Google Cloud can help with your journey whether it’s a simple lift-and-shift, a database modernization to a modern, open source-based alternative, or a complete application transformation. Learn how Database Migration Service simplifies your migration with a serverless, secure platform that utilizes native replication for higher fidelity and greater reliability. See how database migration can be less complex, time-consuming and risky, and how to start your migration often in less than an hour.

We can’t wait to partner with you

Whichever path you take in your cloud journey, you’ll find that Google Cloud databases are scalable, reliable, secure and open. We’re looking forward to creating a new home for your Oracle- and SQL Server-based applications.

Start your journey with a Cloud SQL or Spanner free trial, and accelerate your move to Google Cloud with the Database Migration Program.

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