End of Support is Coming

Extended Support Dates in Effect

Extended support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 is coming to an end 9th July 2019.

For Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2, end-of-life mainstream support ended 13th January 2015, and Microsoft ends Extended Support on 14th January 2020.

This means that if you are running any of these versions then you should consider what you need to do once they reach the end of the support lifecycle.

What should I next?

Bytes recommend upgrading to current versions for the most advanced security, performance, and innovation. To help our customers that can’t get it all upgraded by the deadline there are options to help you protect applications and data during the upgrade transition.

What happens if I don't take action?

The end of extended support and security updates from Microsoft means that your systems will become vulnerable to outside threats and aren’t compliant with industry regulations such as GDPR and ISO 27001

Avoid being left behind - Explore your options


What's the answer?

With End of Support coming soon, there are a few options to consider and actions you should take to address this deadline.

What you need to do

  • Gain visbility of all windows and SQL installations across your estate.
  • Recognise the scale of the end of support risks.
  • Understand application and infrastructure interdependencies pertinent to any modernisation activities.
  • Develop technical options to address your Windows and SQL vulnerabilities and modernisation plans.
  • Build commercial options to underpin technical remediation and future roadmap plans.
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Decide the best route for your estate

Choose to modernise with Azure

  • Lift and shift to PaaS with Azure SQL Database Managed Instance (MI)
  • Upgrade to SQL Server 2017 on Azure VMs or Move to IaaS with Azure SQL VM

Choose to modernise on premises

  • Upgrade to SQL Server 2017 (and Windows Server 2016) to ensure your estate is protected

Bytes Windows & SQL Modernisation Assessment

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Are you interested in our Bytes SQL Server Modernsation Assessment? Call us on 01372 418 500 or email us at tellmemore@bytes.co.uk

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