Access to SQL Server Conversions
Microsoft Access is the most popular desktop database, and widely used in organizations that operate on Microsoft Windows. As a business outgrows its database, SQL Server offers an easy way for a company to transition into a new operating system and add new database functionality that will increase organizational efficiency.
When Access databases become unstable and slow from large amounts of data, our experts can migrate your data to a SQL Server backend database. Our solutions can keep your existing Access screens while using SQL Server’s robust scalable backend solution for storage and reporting.
TIP: Consider converting your Access screens to a web interface connected to a SQL Server database. This will streamline the update process and eliminate the need to install additional software.
Additional reasons to consider migrating to a SQL Server backend database:
- Security – While Access databases can be password protected and encrypted, they do not have the same level of security that SQL Server has. If data security is critical to you, then a SQL Server solution is the better choice. SQL Server also offers 128-bit encryption and storage in a remote location from the user and application data.
- Data Integrity – Access data integrity and recovery is not as robust as SQL Server which features triggers, transaction logs and repair processes. Due to the nature of Access databases and their portability, Access databases may become corrupt and require regular maintenance to obtain optimal results. Since SQL Server is centralized, it offers more stability and integrity.
- Backups – Access databases are easy to back up, but they require user initiation. In addition, if users are actively changing data, the database cannot be backed up. This can be a major problem if the database is central to the business and used 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The administrative tools that are available with SQL Server offer scheduled backups to be automatically run at any time, even if the users are active.
- Transaction Logs and Rollbacks – If you need to know who modified the data and undo changes, use SQL Server’s built-in features and triggers. Access does not feature rollbacks after a transaction is committed.
- Network Bandwidth – While Access databases pass the whole table of data across the network, SQL Server significantly improves performance by only passing the requested data.
- Support for More Concurrent Users – Microsoft Access is not a feasible enterprise-level data storage solution. In a real world environment, it is common to experience major performance issues with as few as 20 users attempting to use the Access database simultaneously over a network.
SQL Server supports a concurrent user base that is limited only by available system memory. Due to its optimized query processing engine and ability to simultaneously utilize multiple computers, processors and hard drives, SQL Server can scale to meet any enterprise requirements.
- Accessibility – Microsoft Access solely operates on a desktop system. SQL Server offers users the added ability to work outside of the office on a mobile device.
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