SQL Server Consulting – Straight Path Solutions

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Tackle Performance Issues

Maximum performance from your existing infrastructure.

Ensure Best Practices

Security, backups, redundancy, scalability, and reliability.

Respond to Emergencies

Face problems with overwhelming force.

Mentor Your Team

Right-sized expert instruction and coaching.

So you can do this…

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Run the Analysis Tool

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

Answer Your Questions

We’ll get on a call, look for low-hanging fruit, address your pain points, and see if we can help.

Straight Path is very professional. I know exactly what they’re doing and how long they’re spending. It’s not like other retainer agreements, where you get billed and nothing is done. They’re honest, attentive, great communicators. The same people you see contributing to tech forums are the same people you work with. Our most-used and expensive queries get better each week. All of this means we sleep well knowing we have experts in our corner.

Bryan Brinton

CFO, Aluvii

Database management has never been this easy. The Straight Path team is full of database gurus who can help you speed it up, sort it out or set it up right. And they do it with a pleasant attitude (in a world where unpleasant exchanges are all too common). Fast, flexible and armed with state-of-the-art tools and knowledge, database issues are no match. We’ve had the pleasure of working with Straight Path on behalf of multiple of our clients and they’ve become a key partner of ours. A growing business means a growing system – and a growing need to keep the systems properly optimized. Client satisfaction has increased because problems are solved and workflows are positively impacted. As a result, I am sleeping like a baby knowing our databases are being watched and managed diligently. I don’t know what we’d do without them.

Dean Tammam

Project Director | vCIO, Red Key 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 eight years as a SQL Server consultant, managing director, and practice lead. He is a SQL Server blogger, speaker and has been recognized by Microsoft as a SQL Server MVP eight times since February of  2011.  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

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 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 in the beginning on 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 setup for success.
  • SQL Server High Availability Consulting- Availability Groups, VMWare DRS, Zerto, Failover Cluster Instances, VMWare HA, Failover to the cloud, active secondaries, etc. 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 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 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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