SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 Extended Support will end on 9th July 2019 and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 Extended Support will end on 14th January 2020. The impact the end of support will have on your organisation consists of the following:

  • Lack of security
  • Compliance concerns
  • Missed innovation opportunities
  • Significant risk to cyber security attacks
  • Downtime
  • Revenue loss
  • Loss of reputation
  • Decline in customer satisfaction

To avoid any future challenges within your organisation you need to be considering your next steps and approach with SQL Server. To continuously stay at the top of the competition you ned to be able to adopt new ideas and innovate technologies.

The next steps to take are to either stay on premises or move to Azure.

Staying on premise will involve you upgrading to SQL Server 2017 and Windows Server 2019 and purchasing the Extended Security Updates with SA which will cost a minimum of £500k.

The most cost effective ‘next steps’ option is to migrate to Microsoft Azure PaaS with Azure SQL Managed Database. Not only will this overcome the several challenges created from the EOS it will also add extra value to your organisation and your customers by harnessing the power of your data.

To find out more please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our specialists on 01785 226444 or email enquiries@risual.com

If you’re still looking for further information take a look at Microsoft’s webpage which will support you in preparing for the end of support https://risu.al/DKTO