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Less than 1 Year until SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 are End of Support


End of support is coming for two commonly deployed Microsoft server products. Now is the ideal time to upgrade, modernize and transform to current versions of SQL Server, Windows Server and Azure services for more security, performance and innovation.


 SQL Server 2008/ 2008 R2 End of Support Date: July 9, 2019

Windows Server 2008/ 2008 R2 End of Support Date: January 14, 2020

For more than 20 years, Windows and SQL Server have been the operating and database systems of choice for Enterprise workloads—but the cloud is increasingly an alternative destination for on-premises deployments of key workloads. The rapid growth of cloud-based services means you’ve got more options—and more questions—about best approaches for your business-critical services and applications.

 What are my options to transform my infrastructure?

 Option 1: Migrate to Azure

End of Support announcements are an ideal time to look to transforming your IT. With SQL and Windows Server 2008/R2 End of Support, Microsoft has made it easier than ever to look to the cloud for transformation.

Microsoft is making Extended Security Updates available for free in Azure for 2008 and 2008 R2 versions of SQL and Windows Server to help secure your workloads for three more years after the end of support deadline. You can re-host these workloads to Azure with no application code change. This gives you more time to plan your future path, including upgrading to newer versions such as SQL Server 2017 and Windows Server 2016 and utilize the rich set of platform and data services available in Azure.


Option 2: Upgrade on-premises environments

For apps and data that has a requirement to run on-premises, we recommend that you upgrade to the latest version of SQL and Windows Server to take advantage of the strongest security and latest innovation. SQL Server 2017 and Windows Server 2016 are the new standard for performance and efficiency and include built-in security features to help you lock down your platform.


How do I decide which option is best for my business?

Companies need to evaluate the workloads they have running and consider their options to avoid infrastructure and applications going unprotected, dramatically increasing risk to their IT operations. Companies have a number of options however, by migrating to Azure, Microsoft will provide extended security updates for an additional three years.
That means protection for workloads plus ability to access the benefits Azure such as flexibility, cost reductions, reduced time to market and access to new services (such as PaaS, AI and ML).

COMPAREX has a wealth of expertise to help you make the right choice. As more and more customers move to the cloud with increasing pace, they need a partner with a deep level of cloud proficiency and experience to guide them.

We  will assist you in analyzing existing IT resources, assess what you have, and identify the benefits of moving specific services and applications to the cloud or keeping workloads on-premises and upgrading to the latest versions of SQL Server.

A Complete Solution:

  • Assess: Collect an inventory and analyze what can move to Azure and what should remain on-premise.
  • Migrate: Identify the best approach for your migration, and migrate your workloads to the cloud
  • Optimize and Manage: Ensure a smooth transition and with our Unified Cloud Management for Azure, we will support, monitor and remediate


Ready to discuss your options? COMPAREX will guide you through your End of Support options and help to manage your future in the cloud.

Trust the Experts:

Inclusion in the newly launched Microsoft Azure Expert MSP program is awarded to partners that meet a stringent set of requirements, including verified proof of excellence in customer delivery and technical expertise, and the successful completion of an independent audit of their managed services, people, processes, and technologies.

COMPAREX is honored to be selected as one of the most high-fidelity cloud managed service providers being awarded the Azure Expert MSP badge. This badge is intended to give customers confidence when selecting a partner to help them meet their digital transformation goals

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Stay Tuned for more information and capabilities of SQL and Windows Server in Azure in our next blog post.