Onix Database Modernization (ODM): Accelerate the Growth of Your Business

Posted by Nickolaos Contaxakis, Cloud Solutions Engineer

Jun 07, 2022


Organizations are looking for more efficient ways to organize and consolidate their data, evaluating their current infrastructure and are considering migrating their data from legacy systems to modern databases. 

Data modernization and a comprehensive cloud strategy are both crucial steps for your business to  improve operations, save your team time and help you navigate a fast paced and changing market.Below, we’ll discuss database modernization, why organizations choose to migrate their data, and how you can get started creating a robust data strategy for your business. 

What Is Onix Database Modernization (ODM)?

Onix Database Modernization (ODM) is our factory-based approach for migrating database workloads to the cloud and modernizing at scale using cloud native services. ODM helps automate undifferentiated heavy lifting in support of accelerating database migrations from commercial data platforms to cloud-native database services. 

ODM is targeted to customers running self-managed databases, such as Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL and PostgreSQL on premises — and AWS and/or Azure and/or GCP.  The goal is to migrate them to managed databases.

Database modernization is the process of moving data from legacy databases to modern databases—however, modernization by itself isn’t enough. 

Why Should Your Organization Migrate Your Database? 

There are several benefits that drive organizations to implement migration and modernization strategies, including: 

Elimination of Certain Costs 

Outdated and inefficient database infrastructures can substantially cost your organization. 

Whether you have an on-premises database in constant need of maintenance or an inefficient cloud architecture not meeting the needs of your applications, you may be wasting valuable time and money on outdated systems that aren’t helping your organization. 

With an effective cloud computing solution, you may be able to eliminate a number of costs, including: 

  • Operations, including licensing fees. 
  • Overhead and ongoing maintenance.  
  • Storage or rental fees for extra space. 

Cloud-Based Agility

In addition to reduced costs, the cloud provides your organization with agility. -

Infrastructure maintenance will no longer be a source of downtime to your business through resources directly from your cloud provider. Rather than waiting for the hardware to arrive and scheduling your IT team to make the update, you can quickly make the changes without any extra time or labor costs. 

Flexibility and Scalability

With on-premises database solutions, your company is required to purchase hardware to support peak demands— even if that only lasts a few days. That leaves your organization paying for idle database infrastructure the rest of the year, wasting time and money on maintenance, storage and more. 

Many cloud providers feature a pay-as-you-go system, allowing your business to only pay for what you use. Plus, you can add resources on an as-needed basis to make sure you only pay for the infrastructure you need, with the ability to scale up and then down as utilization changes.

By understanding your organization’s scalability and flexibility needs, you can implement and optimize a database modernization strategy that allows you to only pay for what you need. 

Reliability and Availability

With limited infrastructure resources on-premise and the cost of redundant sites, data modernization to the cloud can provide the accessibility your organization needs. With the ability to access the cloud any time, from anywhere, you can always get the insights you need. 

In addition, the cloud provides your organization with built-in disaster recovery solutions that are effective, scalable and accessible, often with faster recovery and uptime. 

How Can Onix Database Modernization (ODM) Help? 

In order to provide you with the best database modernization experience, we created the Onix Database Modernization (ODM) strategy. This is our three-step approach for migrating and modernizing database workloads to the cloud at scale: 

1. To begin, we assess your needs and plan your migration strategy through a discovery process that enables us to understand your current infrastructure, available resources and the key performance indicators (KPIs) you want to use moving forward. 


2. Next, we mobilize and enable your infrastructure. In this stage, we set up and configure  the database components for your organization while developing ongoing procedures for your team to utilize going forward. 


3. Finally, we accelerate by migrating your data, providing quality assurance and finalizing the solution for your organization. 


Through decades of experience and working with our partners, we can create and deliver a cloud strategy unique to your business needs. 

Get Started With the Right Database Modernization Partner

If your organization is ready to get started, it’s critical to find the right partner to help implement your database modernization strategy. The right partnership will help optimize your efforts while preventing costly disruptions to your business.

Onix can help you create a successful migration and modernization strategy to dramatically reduce risk and cost as you leverage advanced cloud capabilities. 

Connect with an Onix Cloud Specialist to begin your organization’s database modernization journey!

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Nickolaos Contaxakis, Cloud Solutions Engineer

A seasoned IT consultant with over 25 years of experience, Nick has run his own consulting business and worked for a variety of organizations including some of the biggest names in the industry. A self-admitted geek, he is recognized for his passion and curiosity for everything that is technology related.

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