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SQL on Azure, powered by Cisco, delivers seamless hybrid cloud migration

18 March 2021

In partnership with Cisco and Microsoft, Dimension Data is introducing a new strategy for hybrid cloud migration that fully addresses the challenges modern businesses are facing. 

Organisations are accumulating more data and applications, which introduce new complexities on the road to digital transformation. At the same time, user expectations for the performance of applications are higher than ever.

There is a need for a tactical approach to hybrid cloud migration that achieves maximum platform performance while keeping cloud costs predictable. SQL on Azure, powered by Cisco and provisioned by Dimension Data, achieves this while maintaining security, compliance and giving enterprises an edge on innovation.


Innovation through partner integration

Our SQL migration approach combines Cisco and Microsoft’s best technology to produce a seamless and highly optimisable solution.

The Cisco toolset’s powerful analytics provides the information required to plan, migrate and manage the new environment in Microsoft Azure to anticipate intersystem dependencies and significantly reduce unforeseen cloud costs. We address migration complexities by using Cisco to enhance Azure’s value proposition and strengthen the infrastructure on which the apps and data (and ultimately, the users) rely.  


These are the essential components of this solution’s technology stack:

  • Microsoft Azure

Microsoft’s robust Azure platform guarantees application performance and delivers savings on cloud bills. It helps us to minimise the cloud skills gap for businesses while ensuring that app end-user expectations are met consistently.

  • AppDynamics (a part of Cisco)

AppDynamics turns IT into a central nervous system that allows you to manage your entire application stack. Maintain application availability across all devices and guarantee flawless application performance.

  • Cisco Workload Optimization Manager 

Cisco Workload Optimization Manager is intelligent software that automates workload placement, scaling and the capacity to maximise efficiency and performance.


A solution that ticks all the boxes

Organisations that are on digital transformation journeys need application-aware infrastructure in their hybrid cloud environments. Not only does this improve the user experience and employee productivity, but it also comes with a reduction in cloud expenditure. SQL on Azure, powered by Cisco, is a superior choice for any business because it delivers:

  • Reduced costs through automation

  • An optimised end-user experience across any infrastructure

  • Improved employee productivity and satisfaction

  • Real-time visibility of business performance

  • A unique combination of app resource management and cost management

  • The ability to manage scalability effectively

  • Secure-by-design execution

Comprehensively provisioned by Dimension Data


Dimension Data has the network expertise, knowledge, skills, global services and partnerships to help enterprise businesses lay the foundation for a cloud-centric network to accelerate Azure cloud adoption. We are the critical link between your organisation, Cisco and Microsoft Azure and we help to facilitate this solution end to end. From consultation to delivery implementation and optimisation, we provide a comprehensive migration from on-premise to hybrid.


Download our datasheet for more information about our innovative hybrid cloud migration solution.