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SQL Server 2016 / 2017

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SQL Server 2016 / 2017

Speed, Security and Blazing-Fast Performance

MS SQL Server 2017  is a cloud-ready information platform that will help organizations unlock breakthrough insights across the organization and quickly build solutions to extend data across on-premises and public cloud backed by mission critical confidence. There are many features and benefits to consider when about to migrate to this latest release:

  • Blazing-fast query performance with ColumnStore Indexes
  • Rapid data discovery via Powerview and PowerPivot
  • Credible, consistent data via BI Semantic Model and Data Quality Services
  • Scale on demand from devices to datacenter to cloud
  • Write applications once, run anywhere with SQL Server Data Tools"

The compelling performance and efficiency benefits you gain from migrating or upgrading to Microsoft’s new SQL Server 2016 can be challenging by the inherent risks associated with any major software change on mission critical enterprise systems. Deep knowledge of SQL Server and proven methodologies for readiness, compatibility, conversion, and training are critical for success.

The release of SQL Server 2017 will boost more performance hindering to the existing data platform

New feature such as

Always encryption- Always Encrypted makes encryption transparent to applications. An Always Encrypted-enabled driver installed on the client computer achieves this by automatically encrypting and decrypting sensitive data in the client application. The driver encrypts the data in sensitive columns before passing the data to the Database Engine, and automatically rewrites queries so that the semantics to the application are preserved. Similarly, the driver transparently decrypts data, stored in encrypted database columns, contained in query results.

Row level security - Row-Level Security enables customers to control access to rows in a database table based on the characteristics of the user executing a query ( membership or execution context).

Row-Level Security (RLS) simplifies the design and coding of security in your application. RLS enables you to implement restrictions on data row access. For example, ensuring that workers can access only those data rows that are pertinent to their department or restricting a customer's data access to only the data relevant to their company.

SQL Migration and Upgrade Experts

At Scalability Experts we have the knowledge and experience to make your move simple and seamless. We can give you a clear understanding of the new features and options, help you determine which ones will advance your unique business goals and ensure that your investment is maximized. We use unique assessment and upgrade assistant tools, ScaleFast implementation methodologies and leverage our 10 years of deep domain experience to evaluate your database environment and develop the right approach that will be customized to deliver you the highest level of performance. We are experts at:

  • Upgrading your SQL Platform to latest versions
  • Migrating your system off expensive platforms like Oracle to the SQL platform
  • Consolidating and virtualizing your environment
  • All aspects related to SQL performance

As a limited time offer, if you are looking to upgrade your current SQL Server, we will set up a free consulting session with one of our SQL architects to discuss with you how your operations would benefit from Microsoft's new SQL Server 2017 platform. You can also download our free Upgrade Assistant for SQL ServerTM 2017 tool that was developed with Microsoft and during your session you can gain advice and tips on how to best use the tool. Please contact us at 469-635-6200.

SQL Server Upgrades

The Challenges of an SQL Server Upgrade

The compelling performance and efficiency benefits you gain from an SQL upgrade can be challenged by the inherent risks associated with any major software upgrades on mission critical enterprise systems. Deep knowledge of SQL Server 2008, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2017 and proven methodologies for readiness, compatibility, conversion, and training are critical for success. A clear understanding of new features and options, and knowing which ones will advance your unique business goals, will ensure your investment is maximized and business performance is improved from your SQL server upgrade.

Ensure Success with World-Class Partners

We are a Microsoft Gold-Certified Partner and preferred provider of SQL Server solutions. We led the SQL server upgrade program for SQL Server 2008/2012/2014 readiness, and we are the world leader in providing SQL Server Application Compatible (AppCompat) Labs for 2012 and 2014, having provided more than 450 labs around the globe Our recognized expertise in best practice processes and specialized tools ensure success. We can perform an SQL server upgrade for you following these phases:

  • Perform scalability analysis
  • Ensure stability
  • Upgrade
  • Optimize
  • Provide knowledge transfer

SQL Database Migration

The Challenges of SQL Database Migration

The ROI and operational improvements you can gain from migrating to a SQL Server platform are compelling and significant. But the effort and complexity of an SQL database migration is a daunting task for any IT team to undertake; most internal teams are not equipped with the resources and most consultants lack the depth of expertise. Best-practices, planning, architectural knowledge, and proven methodologies for post-migration optimization is critical for success. Anything less can cause costly business interruptions, lengthy delays and likely failed projects.

Ensure Success with Microsoft's Go-To SQL Database Migration Partner

We are a globally recognized go-to partner for Microsoft database migrations to SQL Server. Because of our expertise in database environments, we were chosen by Microsoft to develop and deliver Practical SQL Server (PRASS) workshops world-wide for experienced DBAs as a first step in Oracle to SQL Server database migrations. Many mid- and large-scale enterprise Microsoft and Scalability Experts customers are now realizing performance improvements and freedom from high-cost databases where climbing maintenance fees cover only old technologies. Our proven methodologies in performance tuning ensures that your post-migration environment will be fully optimized. We offer:

  • Neutral third-party hardware validations
  • Industry stand-out assessment with automated data collection
  • Deep architectural mastery for application rewriting
  • Testing and stabilization
  • Expert performance tuning for a fully optimized environment

Authors of "Practical SQL Server" (PRASS), "Microsoft Oracle Prescriptive Architectural Guide", "SQL Server for the Oracle DBA class for SQL Server 2000, 2005, 2008" and "SQL for Skeptics" focused on TDM and CXO levels.

Consolidation SQL Server

The Challenges

As your business grows, the volume of your data proliferates and database infrastructures can become overly complex with a jumbled mix of servers and storage systems. Users demand more system resources, essential availability clogs up, maintenance costs increase and your performance then suffers. A well-planned and executed consolidation and/or virtualization of your server environment can result in greater scalability and availability, higher productivity, and lower total cost of ownership (TCO).

Maximize IT Resources and Investments through Server Virtualization & Database Consolidation

We are an internationally recognized, award-winning mission critical consulting services that can help you optimize your environment. Let us show you how we have helped Fortune 500 companies achieve heightened SQL Server productivity and availability, while lowering TCO from database and server consolidations performed by SE. We provide solutions using Azure platform.


  • Best-practices and methodologies throughout the project
  • Database & Server Consolidation plan and strategy
  • Hardware platform specifications
  • Consolidation deployment
  • Knowledge transfer and post-consolidation support
  • DBaaS for azure cloud
  • PaaS for platform services


  • Standardization and centralized strategy
  • Reduction in hardware and software licenses
  • Reduced physical footprint
  • Reduced power consumption
  • Improved performance and utilization
  • Easy access to data anywhere
  • Platform independence.

Server Virtualization

If you are interested in virtualizing your server environment in order to lower your costs and reduce your footprint, we can also help guide you through each step of the assessment, design, testing and implementation process.  We have significant hands-on experience with HP Servers, VMware and Microsoft’s Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V platform.  Our server virtualization architectural design experience and proven methodologies will ensure that you achieve the highest level of performance from a solution that best fits your specific needs.