On July 9, 2019, Extended Support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 ends. As soon as Extended Support for a product ends, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates. Of course, you can continue using Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 as well as SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2. However, be aware that there are significant risks, because an unpatched system opens the door to hackers.
On January 14, 2020, the support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will end as well.
Although this still seems a long way off, time is moving quickly. To avoid risks and take advantage of new opportunities, you should plan now how to proceed.
Why you should plan now
Companies using Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2 or SQL Server 2008 or 2008 R2, should consider how to proceed before the end of support. There is still enough time left to plan carefully and set the course for the future.
There are three options:
- upgrading to a newer on-premise version,
- migrating to the Azure cloud, or
- purchasing extended security updates.
Which option is the right one depends on the individual requirements. Finally, it is also a strategic decision.
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