SQL Server Consulting – Straight Path Solutions

We Sell Green Checkmarks

Slow SQL Server performance? Reliability issues? Scalability challenges? Coverage gaps?

We get it. We’ve been in the trenches and understand how frustrating these problems can be and how much they impact your business (not to mention personal life).

Our SQL Server Consultants are experts who can solve your database problems and keep them from coming back. We work with clients every day with a wide range of SQL Server problems. Whether it’s rolling up our sleeves to diagnose and fix the problem or lending your team a helping hand, we know how to turn those error messages and warning icons into green checkmarks.

Get Help Now From SQL Server Consultants You Can Trust

Three steps. One free call. Your questions answered.

1 – Schedule

Browse our calendar below and select an available time slot that works for you.

2 – Analyze

We’ll send you a data analysis tool to run on your server to help us assess your situation. 

3 – Discuss

We’ll get on a call, look for low-hanging fruit, address your pain points, and see if our SQL Server Consulting services are what you need.

To schedule a consultation, please fill out the following form and we’ll get back to you asap:

How is our SQL Server Consulting different?

Whether you are engaging with our Remote DBA Services, or our SQL Server consulting services for performance tuning, upgrades, migrations, or cloud shifts – we’re different:

Your account manager is your technical lead.
No support scripts. No call centers. No Upsells. Just an open line to an expert SQL Server Consultant.

Your technical lead is empowered.
You won’t be waiting for support escalations or red tape-cutting.

Your technical lead is responsive. 
You’ll enjoy faster response times than most of our competitors.

Your technical lead is not time-keeping.
We measure our employees based on the quality of service, not quantity. Let us solve your SQL Server challenges.


When we had come to Straight Path our databases were showing the wear and burden of an unfocused and costly remote DBA firm. We needed to quickly improve performance and stability in order to maintain customer satisfaction on the product side, and we had a backlog of technical debt that seemed only to grow deeper. Since engaging with the SQL Server consultants at Straight Path we have improved our reliability and performance for the customer-facing aspects of our databases, from day-to-day fires, improving methods for growth and scale-out, consolidation, and efficiency, to unglamorous but important items such as replication, improved monitoring/alerting, and backups. I especially appreciate the team’s quick responses to emergencies, as well as the forthright and focused involvement during projects and planning. I would recommend Straight Path to anyone who requires a thoughtful, personal approach to their database needs. Understanding the data structures and engines is obviously important, but the ability to also understand these items in the context of the business and the teams who rely on them is what differentiates this service from others.

Blake Sinclair, Granbury Solutions

Why Use a SQL Server Consultant?

When you need experts who can solve the challenge, teach your team or become a long-term member of your team, why not look to SQL Server experts like the team at Straight Path for SQL Server consulting help? We’ve been there, done that, and have probably been in the spot you are in before. From our SQL Server Health Checks to our FlexDBA remote SQL Server DBA managed service engagements, and with everything in between, we can become a mentor and coach to your team and bring your SQL Server environment to the next level.

Straight Path Solutions is a team of  SQL Server professionals working together to help our clients, primarily in the “Relational Engine” space. If a DBA, performance tuner, or data architect touches it, it’s probably in our wheelhouse, and one of our experts can help bring you peace of mind with our SQL Server consulting services. We also do much consulting with Azure SQL Database; Azure Managed Instances; AWS RDS for SQL Server and Both Azure/AWS Infrastructure as a Service.

We can help you offload your DBA team’s work. We can augment your existing staff with our Senior DBA as a Service solution. We will share our knowledge as we go. We can come in fast and in “emergency mode” to tune those stubborn queries or apps. We can finally get you far away from those stubborn SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008/2012 environments with our SQL Server upgrade services. 

Straight Path’s SQL Server consultants become a force multiplier for your team. But more than that, we become a part of your team. You become a part of our Straight Path family.

SQL Server Consultant Mike Walsh
SQL Server Consultant Mike Walsh.

Mike Walsh is the founder and principal consultant and has been working exclusively with SQL Server for over 20 years, the last ten years as a SQL Server consultant, managing director, and practice lead. He is a SQL Server blogger, speaker and was recognized by Microsoft as a SQL Server MVP eight times from April of  2011 until 2020.  His experience, knowledge, and expertise will quickly help you and your team find the right way to SQL Server peace of mind.

The team at Straight Path is just like him in many ways. SQL Server experts. Often MVPs. Authors, bloggers, speakers, experts in their field. Straight Path doesn’t just look to someone’s technical skills before putting them on a project; we want to make sure they have the people skills, are the right fit for the client, and give you the best experience possible. We partner with our clients and want to help you get past whatever brought you to us, and we want to leave you with our knowledge and the tools to help solve your problems moving forward. We do SQL Server consulting with a client-first focus. Read about our great team of SQL Server Consultants here.

“Mike is a very skilled SQL DBA – very sound and dependable. Never shy about taking on added responsibility.  Best of all Mike is always looking to improve the situation, be it something in his direct control or other parts of the organization.  Always a pleasure to work with, always a value add to very project we worked on.”

IT Infrastructure Director, A health services company

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SQL Server Consulting Services

SQL Server Consulting - Helping you find the way
The real art in SQL Server consulting is finding what works for each client.

Just a highlight of some of the more common SQL Server consulting services we provide at Straight Path:

  • SQL Server Consulting – Are you in pain right now? Need us to come in, assess your struggles, and quickly get a prescription together and help you on your way? While we love our long term DBA as a Service relationships, we’re also really good at stopping your pain right now.
  • SQL Server Upgrades– Expert, painless, set-it-and-forget-it upgrades. Our expertise, experience, and methods will get you there with little disruption to your users. We’ll get it right the first time, and your team will learn about the new features. Upgrading SQL Servers is something we know well, we speak on it and, let’s face it, it’s time!
  • SQL Server Health Assessments – A comprehensive way to give you peace of mind that your SQL Server infrastructure is built and performing right. If there are gaps? Our goal is to mentor and help you get past them and keep that knowledge in house moving forward.
  • SQL Server Remote DBA – Managed Services – Whether you need a Sr. DBA mentoring your existing DBAs or team on a timeshare approach team-based based delivery so there are no vacation or sick time losses or you need a 24*7 keep the lights on DBA, Straight Path has the right answers for you. We can scale up fast for emergency triage and ER style care, then settle down to a small, affordable commitment to help keep your SQL Server world running smoothly after we fix what’s broke!
  • Data Warehousing – The extended family of Straight Path Solution includes some serious expertise in the realm of Data Warehouse Architecture and Data Integration services. Just like our relational engine consultants, this team consists of top-level talent. SQL Server MVPs, speakers, authors, and bloggers who specialize in making the most of data warehousing.
  • SQL Server Performance Tuning – Our approach is to start with the easy to fix and big gains, then to drill in deeper to the more time consuming to fix. Often we can stop on the outside layers and leave an environment in a great spot. Sometimes you’ll need to dig deeper, but we’ve bought you time by doing the easier, less risky fixes.
  • SQL Server Database Design and Development – Hiring SQL Server consultants who have helped many environments recover from bad decisions can help you avoid those at the beginning of your next project. We’ve seen a lot of mistakes and want to help you avoid them.
  • SQL Server Virtualization Consulting – Going virtual? Currently Virtual? We can help make sure you are following all of the necessary best practices, making sure your environment is properly configured, and provide guidance on architecture for the best SQL Server performance in a virtual environment. From the disks to the switches to the hosts to the VMWare or Hyper-V settings. This goes for cloud-based SQL Server deployments. Whether it’s AWS EC2 or Windows Azure, or the Platform as a Service options like RDS or Azure SQL databases, we can help make sure you’re set up for success.
  • SQL Server High Availability Consulting- Availability Groups, VMWare DRS, Zerto, Failover Cluster Instances, VMWare HA, Failover to the cloud, active secondaries, etc. So many choices. Let us work with your team, assess your needs, and help you solve for your business and your budget.
  • Contact Us today for your specific challenges and needs

Hiring The Right SQL Server Consultant/Consulting Firm

When looking to bring on a SQL Server consultant to guide your team, you want to see your needs met quickly and efficiently. You want to see your team being mentored and know you got the best value possible. You want the skills to stay with your team at the end, you don’t need someone’s foot in the door while a consulting firm tries to multiply. The typical consulting engagement for us has no fixed length of time, but our goal is always to make the need for us to decrease as soon as possible when a client agrees to that. Whether that is quickly building in efficiency and automation of routine processes or sharing in-depth knowledge with your team, we want you to succeed, and we are honored to be a part of that, but we never want to stay just to stay and bill.

We also have a commitment to quality and excellence. We pride ourselves on trying to live by the principle that each time we talk with a client, it should be as good or better for the client as it is for us. To that end, you can always reach out to our founder and company owner, Mike Walsh, on his cell – 603.203.9797 anytime. That’s a commitment to our quality and to the transparency we have with our clients.

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