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The Paths Forward for Your On-Premises Databases

Published: 10 April 2019

ID: G00368235

Analyst(s): Daren Brabham , Lyn Robison


The emergence of the cloud means that data-driven organizations must modernize their database environments. This document charts the three major paths data and analytics technical professionals can take to modernize their architectures for on-premises databases.

Table Of Contents



  • Planning Considerations
    • Strategy
    • Existing Technical Environment
    • Stakeholders
    • Requirements
    • Resources
  • Pathway 1: Keep Your Databases On-Premises
    • Strengths
    • Weaknesses
    • Moving to Another On-Premises Vendor
  • Pathway 2: Move Your Databases to the Cloud
    • Strengths
    • Weaknesses
  • Pathway 3: Hybrid and Multicloud Solutions
    • Strengths
    • Weaknesses


  • Avoiding Vendor Lock-In
  • Understanding the Costs
  • Choosing the Right Public Cloud Vendor
  • Database and Application Migration

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