Begin to plan for End of Support

Windows SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008

Microsoft has announced that Extended Support for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will end on January 14, 2020. Extended Support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will end even sooner, on July 9, 2019.

This means:

  • No further security updates
  • Compliance implications around standards and GDPR
  • Reduced performance
  • Less opportunity to innovate

What should we do?

Organisations will want to take steps quickly to protect themselves – doing nothing is simply not an option. The first thing is to derisk the process by letting us help you choose the optimal route forward:

  • Route 1 – Upgrade to the latest versions of Windows Server and/or SQL now, either on-premises or deployed in private or public Cloud, either DIY or managed.
  • Route 2 – Go ‘as a service’ and shift the responsibility, either moving workloads onto a VM within a managed Azure environment (IaaS), or transforming the workloads to platform-based services (PaaS) and going ‘serverless’.
  • Route 3 – Move everything into the Azure environment where Microsoft will continue support for Server and SQL 2008 for a further three years at no cost.

What next?

This is a critical project made more difficult by the tight timeframes and the likely need to build a plan that encompasses both Server and SQL upgrades. Each organisation will be different, not just because of individual system architectures but also from strategy, budget and risk appetite perspectives.

It’s crucial that you get off on the right foot – and fast. Our free EOS half-day workshop aims to explore the options in detail as they relate to your particular circumstances. Following this deep-dive session you will receive a consultancy report detailing our recommendations and an upgrade roadmap.

The end of support challenge begins now. To make a positive start contact us and the specialist Redcentric Cloud team will be able to guide you down the most optimal route.


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