Typical challenges that we see

Getting the best value from all the AWS Migration options

When migrating database servers to AWS, how do I get the best value from all the choices?

Finding the best value in the Amazon Web Services is a balancing act. Your answers to the following questions will help in this effort:

  • How much do you want to support yourself or how much managed support do you want?
  • Are you planning to run lean or are you planning for periodic expansion?
  • Are you looking for a short-term commitment or could you improve pricing with a longer time frame?

DB Best can help you evaluate your current environment and determine the most cost effective environment for your migration based on your needs.

Choosing which workloads to move to AWS

We take a data-centric approach to determine which workloads are most appropriate for AWS.  We start with collecting data which gives us a profile for each workload environment such as CPU and RAM. We also gather performance metrics over a period of time using our DBMSys platform.  We also work with our customers to understand their business needs and restrictions of each workload to determine a list of potential candidates that can be moved to the cloud.

Migrating away from your current data solution

Traditionally, this insinuates a switch from one data platform to another. However, just switching the nameplate on the back-end DB server may not be the best solution. Some data patterns and use cases may have a better fit for a NoSQL or Data Lake solution.

DB Best Architects are trained to spot these patterns and discuss with the customer another approach that may be a better fit or be able to leverage new technology such as IoT devices.

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Experts who know all about migration to AWS

DB Best has expanded our migration expertise to support the AWS Database Migration Service along with the Schema Conversion Tool (SCT) to help organizations migrate databases and applications to AWS. With unparalleled experience in all major databases – Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, IBM DB2, Sybase, Access, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Teradata, Greenplum, Netezza and Amazon Redshift – we are ready to help you develop cost-effective strategies for migrating and modernizing your application assets to AWS technologies.

Whether you are migrating your OLTP workload to a traditional OLTP target in AWS (PostgreSQL, MySQL, Aurora for PostgreSQL or Aurora for MySQL), or migrating your data warehouse application to Redshift, our migration team can help you navigate through any obstacle in the process.


DB Best was an early adopter of AWS SCT and has performed more migrations using the tool than any other partner. Our team knows how to work around the constraints of AWS SCT. We have an extensive internal knowledgebase to help convert code that AWS SCT doesn’t fully address to the target AWS platform of your choice.


Our database migration team has unique experience migrating hundreds of customers starting from 2002 when we developed the DBBest Database Migration Suite, which was later acquired by Microsoft and used as a basis for developing SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA). Since then, we’ve leveraged our experience helping customers across hundreds of migration projects over the years. This experience is now applied with great success to database migration projects for AWS.

What gives DB Best a clear advantage is our database migration experts on staff who know SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Greenplum, Netezza, Teradata and Amazon Redshift inside and out. In addition, our application developers are experts in .NET, Java, JavaScript and other programming frameworks and languages to help you in the modification of your applications that connect to your database so that they will work well with AWS services.

Getting Started

Understanding where to start for your database system modernization is a complex task. At DB Best, we have a set of entry-level offers to help you understand your modernization landscape and demonstrate the value of moving to a modern cloud-based Amazon database platform for your OLTP workloads and data warehouses.

If you need help with the Amazon Schema Conversion Tool, we have a special Jumpstart offer where our experts in SCT can assist you.

If you are looking to lift and shift your SQL Server workloads to AWS, we suggest our Data Management Optimization (DMO) offering. We’ve demonstrated to our customers that they can save up to 60% in operations and license costs using our unique toolset.

Fast and error-free migration to the AWS cloud

A major data processing company has been supporting an on-premises system with an application that handles document flow from several local scanners. They needed to move from their current data center so they partnered with DB Best to migrate the database to the cloud and to modify the application to connect to the cloud.

After assessing their system and choosing the most optimal migration strategy we performed lift-and-shift migration of their Oracle database to the newly provisioned AWS cloud. As a result, we delivered a cost and time-effective solution and added monitoring and disaster recovery resiliency as well.

Have a look at our cloud migration approach in the following video.

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Our Services

DB Best has a direct relationship with the AWS DMS & SCT development team, our team of experts has done more database migrations using SCT across all combinations of targets and sources than any other partner.

The animation below describes the possible database and application migrations to the Amazon cloud.


Here are some of our featured offerings to help you take your on-premises relational database workloads for online transaction processing and move them to AWS RDS and Aurora services.

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Blog posts

Check out a sample of the blog posts around our customer engagements and expertise with tools like the AWS Schema Conversion Tool.

Using PostgreSQL in cloud alongside with Oracle to enhance the database system performance
15 June 2017 Andrey Ivanov

One of the leading independent software vendors in educational domain needed to expand their original Oracle database system. They wanted to add a new PostgreSQL database running on AW...

Fast and error-free migration to the AWS cloud
6 June 2017 Stanislav Andrenko

A major data processing company has been supporting on-premises system with an application that handles document flow from several local printers. They needed to leave their current da...

Improve PostgreSQL Performance 12X by Migrating to Amazon Aurora with Minimal Downtime
17 May 2018 Bill Ramos

An online marketplace company managed a 6-terabyte database using an old version of Amazon RDS PostgreSQL version 9.3. With the gaining popularity of their platform, they needed a way ...

Using AWS Schema Conversion Tool for Application Conversion
24 February 2017 Bill Ramos

A typical database migration project includes not only the schema conversion and data migration but also the application remediation. We are talking about one or many applications inte...

First look at AWS Schema Conversion Tool with tighter DMS integration
3 January 2017 Bill Ramos

On December 20 2016, Amazon released version 1.0.502 of AWS Schema Conversion Tool (SCT). SCT now provides the integration with Data Migration Service (DMS)  and allows you to create ...

Database migration with AWS SCT: How to handle typical conversion issues series
2 March 2017 Bill Ramos

Welcome to our blog post series covering the typical conversion issues of AWS Schema Conversion Tool (SCT). DBBest team has a vast experience in database migration area. So, we decide...

Reference data sheet

Feel free to download one of our datasheets related to migrating relational database workloads to AWS.

Amazon Web Services Migration
17 November 2016 Andrey Ivanov

DB Best Technologies is internationally known for comprehensive Data Management Services, database development and migration, and the creation of highly successful web and mobile syste...

Data Management for Amazon Web Services
8 November 2016 Andrey Ivanov

DB Best Technologies is internationally known for comprehensive Data Management Services, database development and migration, and the creation of highly successful web and mobile syste...

Modernize Your Relational Database Solutions with Amazon Aurora and Amazon RDS
17 January 2019 Andrey Ivanov

You may feel frustrated with high licensing costs and lackluster performances of your relational databases? Do you have some security worries about your data environment? Still won...

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