The end of support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 is here. This means your systems could be vulnerable to security threats and may not be compliant with certain industry regulations. However, with the end of support comes an opportunity not only to upgrade, but an opportunity to transform…
End of support is nearly here…
SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 – Extended support ended on the 9th July, 2019
Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 – Extended support ends on the 14th January, 2020
So what are your options? (there are only 3 options…)
1.Migrate Your Server to Azure
The first option you should consider is to migrate your infrastructure (physical or virtual servers) to Microsoft Azure; a cost effective, secure and compliant cloud foundation. This will provide Extended Security Updates for Windows Server and SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 for 3 years after the deadline. Once the infrastructure is running in Azure, AgileCadence can help you optimise the service taking advantage of the resiliency capabilities available in the Microsoft Cloud or explore migration paths to other Microsoft Business Applications; ensuring the technology platform is fit to support your organisation. Free Extended Security Updates is only available on the Microsoft Azure platform.
2.Purchase Extended Security Updates
If you are unable to make changes in the short term, you can purchase Extended Security Updates to get 3 more years of security updates for Windows Server and SQL Server 2008 or 2008 R2.
If you are not ready to move your infrastructure to the cloud or transform your application you could upgrade to a newer version of Windows Server or SQL Server. Depending on the type of workload, you can either perform a migration to a new server Operating System or perform an in-place upgrade. It is worth noting that an in-place upgrade can only be performed to the current version of Windows or SQL Server. You will also need to check to understand that the application that relies upon Windows Server and SQL Server supports the later editions.
So what now?
It is critically important that you thoroughly assess your current workloads before any upgrade or migration and make an inventory of what you have discovered. This is where AgileCadence can help. We can help you to discover, plan and test the process, and then migrate and optimise the service, providing peace of mind with the migration to the Microsoft Cloud.
Not an existing Microsoft Cloud services or Microsoft Azure user? No problem, AgileCadence is a Cloud Solution Provider and can help you get started. Get in touch if you’d like to talk things over.