Migrate MS Access to Azure

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Migrate MS Access to Azure

In a business landscape that’s growing increasingly digital, having a good database is a necessity. This is because your database contains all the pertinent details about the company. Microsoft Access, in particular, is a relational database where data items are organized in a set of tables. Many organizations choose Access because it offers functionality and programming capabilities to create easy-to-navigate screens.

The only problem is that Access has limitations—for instance, only being able to handle a size limit of two gigabytes and 255 concurrent users. Any business can quickly find itself reaching this limit. If you’re close to your limit, it’s time to move your Access database to the cloud. The team at Blue Net is here to make Microsoft Access migration a smooth process. 

The Limitations of Access on a Local Server

MS Access is great for rapid application development and powerful data-driven solutions at a cost-effective price. However, it has certain limitations when on a local server, including:

  • Access is only accessible locally.
  • It is not suitable for team use.
  • Access works best for small databases.
  • Using Access ties you to the Microsoft Windows operating system.

Eliminate Limitations With SQL Azure

The best way to eliminate Access’s limitations and use the program to its full potential is to migrate your Access database to Azure. This solution provides a better, faster, and more secure storage engine. After migration is finished, you have the ability to support remote workers and anyone else who needs to use Access applications outside of the corporate network.

Schedule a Free Access-to-Azure Assessment

If you’re ready to migrate to Azure, we can help. Our team analyzes your Access applications and creates strategies to ensure the migration is a success.

Access-to-Azure Assessments

Blue Net is able to migrate your favorite Access applications to the cloud, but before that happens, an assessment should be done. With an assessment, we can determine what applications are compatible with the cloud. It also informs us on how to create strategies that ensure successful migration. We offer this service for free to all of our clients.

In our Access-to-Azure assessments, we include:

  • Table field types and integrity constraints known to cause trouble during the transition
  • Query definitions with unsupported behaviors
  • Forms that rely on Access-only database features
  • Reports using unsupported query features
  • Visual basic for applications (VBA) programming for direct manipulation of data

If we find any potential problems, it’s not the end of the world. Our team works hard to find acceptable workarounds for all the problems we discover. We’ve been working with Access since the 1990s, so have seen it all.

Benefits of Access on Azure

Many organizations have a love-hate relationship with Microsoft Access due to the local file share only, desktop-based engine. This limits the effectiveness of this application for distributed users who need to use it outside of the main office area. However, this problem is fixed when the application operates in the cloud. 

When Access is used with Azure, it grants benefits like:

  • More Concurrent Users: Azure can handle more concurrent users than Access while minimizing memory requirements.
  • Better Availability: Your remote workforce can use the tools in Access without being on your office’s network.
  • Improved Performance: Access is able to process queries much faster and more efficiently on the cloud.
  • Enhanced Security: Microsoft invests heavily into cyber security for its programs, including Azure. Once Access is in Azure, you can enjoy the benefits of that protection.
  • Cost Effectiveness: The price is based on resource consumption rather than number of concurrent users. If you’ve barely used it, then you hardly pay anything.

Choosing the Best Azure Option

If you’re ready to migrate to Azure, Blue Net is ready to help. Before migration starts, you’re going to have to choose which server option you want to use. There are three types of Azure servers—our team helps you by laying out the benefits each server offers. 

Here are the three servers and how they differ:

  • Single Database: A single database uses its own set of resources managed through a database server. This solution offers built-in backups, patching, and recovery.
  • Managed Instance: This is a collection of system and user databases with a shared set of resources. It is highly compatible with on-premises applications.
  • Azure Virtual Machine: This runs the server inside a virtual machine within the Azure cloud. You have full control over the server engine and an easy migration path.

Whether it’s cloud migration, cyber security, or another solution, contact Blue Net to get the IT solutions your business needs.

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