SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 end of support is coming in July 2019 – are you ready for it?

Move to Azure!

There are ways to avoid the challenges and vulnerabilities caused by end of support, and Simpson Associates are here to provide help and guidance to get you through this difficult patch in your data centre’s life.

SQL Server 2008 support going end of life can be viewed as the perfect opportunity to migrate your apps and data into the cloud. Not only does SQL on Azure have the most popular geo replication and built in back ups, but as it’s a managed service means you don’t have to worry about your server layer and you can focus on your database.

Lift, shift to Azure Virtual Machines and get 3 years extended support – FREE.

It’s not always possible to decide what you want to do with your IT estate before support goes end of life. Lifting and shifting your workload gives you the option to utilise the services available in Azure, whilst you plan the direction you want to go.

Azure SQL Database Managed Instance.

You might have wanted to move your apps to the cloud before but were restricted by being dependent on SQL Server CLR or cross database queries. Now, SQL Database Managed Instance offers nearly a 100% compatibility with no code changes so your move to the cloud is seamless, with minimal downtime.

GDPR states, whether wittingly or unwittingly, you can be considered negligent in the event of a breach if you are operating software that is not receiving regular security patches and updates.

Upgrade your on premise environment.

In some instances, you might have apps and data that you need to keep running on-prem – that’s okay! You can upgrade your licenses to SQL server 2017 to stay protected with up to date security patches and updates. SQL Server 2017 offers a faster and more adaptive solution to 2008.

At Microsoft Ignite SQL Server 2019 was announced and has just had it’s first public preview. Whilst there is currently no release date, we are expecting that this will be some time in the first quarter of 2019 and our consultants can advise you on additional options that this presents to you.

Free 2 hour Consultation

Simpson Associates are offering you a free two hour remote consultation with one of our Technical Consultants to help you better understand what options would suit your organisation’s future plan.

Next Steps…

To find out more, and to book your free consultation phone us on 01904 234 510 or email info@simpson-associates.co.uk

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