Moving legacy workloads to Microsoft Azure with Database Modernisation

Database Modernisation services enable businesses to modernise their on-premise database platform by transitioning to Microsoft Azure.

The main reason for organisations to modernise their database platform is to address shortcomings created by an out-of-date, less agile on-premise solution. Through upgrading legacy database technology, businesses can consolidate their environment, and optimise performance, recovery, and provisioning, while keeping costs to a minimum.

Some of the reasons influencing a business’s decision to move an on-premise legacy database server infrastructure into the cloud include:

  • Rising on-premise IT infrastructure costs
  • Aging or an out-of-support legacy IT infrastructure
  • Increasing security threat
  • Storage capacity limitations
  • High availability and disaster recovery needs
  • New compliance regulations
  • Increased agility to deliver business growth

And, to address specific infrastructure requirements, such as to manage those arising from Windows SQL 2008 server and Windows server 2008 end of support. Lack of security updates for these products leads to potential security and compliance risks.

Our Recommendation

At Simplex, we recommend our customers to move legacy workloads into the Microsoft Azure cloud. This allows for benefits, including increased agility, enhanced security, as well as lower costs.

Our Database Modernisation service enables businesses of all sizes to address problems arising from legacy on-premise IT infrastructure and facing end of support. It has been designed to help transfer existing on-premise legacy databases to Microsoft Azure using industry best practice and software database migration tools. Our team of experts will work in partnership with your team to assess, and migrate to and optimise your database workloads in the Microsoft Azure cloud.

Additionally, we can also provide ongoing service management of the database workloads, which comprises the following phases:


During the assessment phase, our team will gain a full understanding of your business transformation goals and assess and review the existing IT infrastructure and applications to evaluate migration readiness. Once a desired future state IT roadmap is identified, the team proposes a new database architecture in Microsoft Azure.


Based on the output of the assess phase and the agreed target solution, our team will move your infrastructure and database workload into Azure by either a Rehost approach (a simple and cost-effective ‘Lift and Shift’ of your existing IT infrastructure) or a Refactor approach (moving applicable elements of your IT infrastructure to PaaS solutions to drive scalability and cost efficiency gains).


The optimise phase comprises of optimisations of ongoing database performance as well as analysis and monitoring of your cloud spend and use and use of security and management tools to govern, secure, and monitor your cloud investment.


Optional managed services include database server monitoring, reactive support, and security and patch management.