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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 End of Support is coming. It's time to start thinking about upgrading.

SQL Server 2008 end of support

Preparing for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 end of support 

What does End of Support mean?

  • No security updates
    • There will be no access to critical security updates, opening the potential for business interruptions and loss of data. Security updates rated 'critital' protect against vulnerabilities such as hackers, malware with root access to machines, etc.
  • Compliance concerns
    • As support ends, your organization may fail to meet compliance standards and industry regulations. Failure to be compliant can lead to penalties and fines. For example: HIPAA for healthcare, PCI-DSS for credit card transactions, GLBA for financial institutions, and GDPR for companies who do business in the EU.
  • Higher maintenance costs
    • Maintaining legacy servers, firewalls, intrusion systems, and other tools can get expensive quickly.

SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 are currently in extended support, which includes security updates, paid support and requires purchasing non-security hotfix support. Extended support ends on July 19, 2019.

Paths to upgrade and stay protected

Analytics show that leaders who embrace digital transformation outperform the competition. This is your chance to seize end of support as an opportunity to transform and increase your operating margins.

  • Migrate to Azure
    • Migrate data to Azure SQL Database
    • Migrate data to SQL Server on Azure VMs
    • Get free Extended Security Updates for SQL Server 2008 in Azure VMs for three years after the deadline.
    • Upgrade in Azure when ready.
  • Upgrade on-premises
    • Upgrade to SQL Server 2017.
    • Can't meet the deadline? Protect your server workloads by purchasing Extended Security Updates for three more years.
  • Purchase latest version, then downgrade
    • Upgrade to SQL Server 2017 through the Microsoft Open License Program via a MS Partner, like BizTech, then downgrade to a lower version.
    • This path is necessary for organizations with applications that are not yet compatible with SQL Server 2017.
    • Once your applications are compatible with SQL Server 2017, you can upgrade to that version with no additional licensing costs.

Why upgrade to SQL Server 2017?

  • Choice of platform and language
  • Industry-leading performance
  • Most secure over the last seven years
  • Only commercial database with AI built-in
  • End-to-end mobile BI on any device
  • In-memory across all workloads
  • Most consistent data platform
  • 1/10 the cost of Oracle


Want to talk to a Solution Advisor about your options? 

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Posted by Jen Scherer at 02:17 PM

Labels: sql server, server, microsoft


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