Time is running out! SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 end of support is coming.

Are you still running SQL Server 2008 or 2008 R2?  Did you know that both will be “end of support” in less than a year?  Are you aware that there are methods you can use TODAY to ensure your data is not vulnerable without a huge upgrade effort? At 10th Magnitude, we have experience and capabilities to help you get through these processes and hurdles – so you are in great hands.

A big deadline is approaching for any company running Windows Server 2008 or SQL Server 2008. In July 2019, these platforms will no longer be supported by Microsoft, and every company that misses the deadline will face serious security and data loss risks. We don’t want that to happen to you – and we’re here to help!

10th Magnitude is helping innovative companies take a proactive approach to this deadline. We use cloud-based Azure to migrate your data and keep your company running seamlessly in the face of the Microsoft end-of-life transition.

In fact, this is one of the reasons 10th Magnitude was named a 2018 Microsoft Open Source Applications & Infrastructure on Azure Partner of the Year. We leverage the power of Azure to solve data management problems for some of the biggest and most groundbreaking enterprises in the world, like Cargill, Costco Travel, Elekta, Gateyard, HAVI, Hillyard, and Relativity.

What Does “End of Life” Mean for You?

Microsoft will no longer support workloads running Windows Server 2008 or SQL Server 2008 as of July 9, 2019.  This “end of life” deadline means your data will face the following risks:

Security. Security updates will no longer be issued.  You will be vulnerable to data breach risks. More than 4 billion records are stolen every year by hackers, so having a gaping hole in your security is a huge deal.

Customer loss. Many customers simply won’t work with a company that doesn’t keep their systems up to date; others will be forever lost in the event of a breach. According to a study by Microsoft, 20% of companies lose customers due to security attacks, and 30% lose revenue as a direct result.

Reputation. If a data loss occurs, your company will be accountable to shareholders, investors, customers, the public, and perhaps even the courts. Admitting you simply didn’t keep your systems up to date can do major reputational damage.

Compliance. Your company could be in breach of compliance requirements if it fails to plan for full, uninterrupted security support.

What’s the Best Solution?

10th Magnitude recommends taking a forward-thinking approach to this situation and viewing it as an opportunity to innovate using a multitude of options only made possible by utilizing Microsoft Azure.

With SQL Server 2017 and Azure SQL Database Managed Instance, you don’t just get an update – you get in-memory performance across workloads, mission-critical high availability and built-in security features to help protect your data at rest and in motion. Learn more about SQL Server 2017: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sql-server/sql-server-2017

Perhaps, this is just the catalyst you have been looking for to explore Platform as a Service (PaaS) options.  10th Magnitude helps customers to evaluate IaaS and PaaS based data solutions using our 10vū™  suite of services.  We work with business and data owners to prioritize systems and factor in cost, scalability, failover, and especially seasonality.  When adding in DevOps methodologies and modern architecture including containers and microservices, we are often able to help customers find a better fit for their business by harnessing the PaaS options available in Azure.

Maybe you are looking for ways to further leverage investments in Linux?  Did you know that you can now run SQL Server on Linux in an Azure VM?  As Microsoft’s Worldwide Open Source Azure partner of the Year, we are helping large and small enterprises to move Linux and Windows workloads to Azure.  Having a heterogeneous OS environment operating all within the Azure ecosystem is providing customers with improved management, scale, and labor cost opportunities.

Limited-Time End-of-Life Offers from Microsoft

Microsoft wants to ensure that companies don’t wait until the last minute to prepare for “end of support”.   Here are some offers that may help you:

  • Save up to 85% with Azure Hybrid Benefit
  • Extended Security Updates for on-premises environments
  • Free extended security updates in Azure

To take advantage of these offers, your company should get in touch with your Microsoft rep or contact 10th Magnitude.  We’re here to help you use Azure and cloud-based data management to transform your organization’s digital future.

Next Steps

Even though SQL and Windows 2018 end-of-support is nearing, you have options!  Your data doesn’t need to be vulnerable.  10th Magnitude’s customers are factoring this event into their larger data initiatives.  Whether you are looking to quickly mitigate your risk or using SQL end of life as a catalyst for innovation, we are here to help. We live and breathe this stuff. Does that sound like a partner you can trust? Contact us today to get started!

Additional Resources

Modernize your data estate to avoid end of support risks. Download the Microsoft guide, “Upgrade to avoid end of support for SQL Server 2008”.

Learn more about SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 end of support: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sql-server/sql-server-2008

By |2018-09-06T19:17:09+00:00September 6th, 2018|

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