Top 5 reasons to migrate on-premises PostgreSQL to Azure Database for PostgreSQL

Top 5 reasons to migrate on-premises PostgreSQL to Azure Database for PostgreSQL


Ever since the word “cloud” was coined a few decades back, IT has shifted in a way very few other technological innovations can compare.  At the time, it aimed to completely change how organizations were handling data by offering a more cost-effective way to store and process it. Now, cloud has become one of the most widely adopted technologies in the world, and not just in one industry. Almost every industry is adopting cloud technology, and with good reason. The cloud gave organizations the one thing they have always wanted (whether or not they were aware): it gave them the power to cost-effectively scale beyond what was realistic on-premises. The cloud helps different organizations in different industries grow and expand in different ways, but we’ll show you the top 5 reasons why organizations in virtually any industry should consider migrating PostgreSQL to Microsoft Azure database.

About Azure Database for PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL is an object-relational database system which has gained a reputation of being highly reliable and robust over three decades of active development. Azure database for PostgreSQL is a fully managed cloud database ideal for hosting data migrated from on-premises PostgreSQL databases.

Azure database for PostgreSQL is designed to enable organizations to focus on innovation, not database administration. The AI-powered performance optimization is designed to make sure that you run on a supercharged version of the extremely powerful and stable object-relational database system.

Top reasons to migrate

1. Flexibility

Most cloud databases are designed in such a way that organizations can rapidly adopt new technologies. They allow you to automatically scale your cloud resources and applications, enabling organizations to constantly right size environments and to account for sudden or seasonal traffic spikes. This can save organizations a lot of money by avoiding the overallocation of IT resources that exist only to support peak workloads. Additionally, organizations will no longer need to go through a lengthy procurement and installation process when they need to scale out additional resources, like with on-premises.

2. Security

Virtually all cloud databases have some sort of security contract which delineates who is responsible for which part of cloud security. While customers will need to secure their workloads in the cloud, Azure is known for its unmatched security of the cloud using its enterprise-level security solutions with firewalls, security patches, restrictions, and more.

3. Pricing

Small- to medium-sized organizations have been switching to cloud databases for the simple fact that cloud eradicates the need to buy costly on-premises hardware. These on-premises database systems may seem cost-effective since the hardware only requires a one-time payment, however, adding the recurring maintenance costs frequently make them far more expensive. Azure’s pay-as-you-go system with autoscaling and start/stop capabilities enables you to only pay for the storage and compute resources you consume.

4. Performance

Azure and Azure web apps have all been specifically designed for use in the cloud. This ensures that the Azure database and its apps have been specifically optimized to operate with superior performance in cloud workloads. Additionally, legacy on-premises environments usually run on older and potentially unpatched or outdated hardware and software than the cloud. Public clouds, including Microsoft Azure, typical provide constant updates and patches in order to constantly maximize cloud security, performance, and functionality.

5. Quick and easy transition

Microsoft’s migration solution ensures that you stay up and running with minimal downtime. Azure Data Factory is available at no extra cost, even during the migration process.


Find the full migration process details here.

Why Azure 

1. Extensions and frameworks

Microsoft’s PostgreSQL database boasts full compatibility with community PostgreSQL and the Flexible Server gives a guided developer experience for simpler end-to-end deployments. Azure also allows you to use your preferred extensions, such as PostGIS and TimescaleDB, with additional support for popular languages such as Python with Django and Ruby on Rails.

2. Hyperscale

Azure allows you to scale out data to hundreds of nodes to give applications more memory, computation power, and disk storage by automatically sharding underlying data. Hyperscale also allows you to scale up (increase node size) or scale-out (increase number of nodes) as you need.

3. Advanced data security

Azure ensures enterprise-grade security and compliance with Azure IP Advantage. The option of configuring a virtual network along with automatic data encryption while at rest and in motion makes sure that your data remains protected.

4. Azure Arc-enabled data services

The new Azure Arc-enabled data services allow you to run Azure data service on-premises, at the edge, and in multi-cloud environments. This is achieved by using Kubernetes on an infrastructure of your choice. The arc-enabled services even support the latest Azure innovations, elastic scale, and unified management without a direct cloud connection.


Next steps

Neal Analytics is a longstanding gold partner of Microsoft and has been helping organizations reach their modernization and migration goals for over a decade. Over this vast experience, we have perfected the art of stepping in at any time whether it be assessing targets for migration or performing the migration.

If you as an organization are ready to take the next step towards the future, contact us.