SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 have been at the heart of many organisations’ IT infrastructures for the last ten years, and Microsoft ended support for SQL Server 2008 (for both SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2) on 9 July 2019, and will end support for Windows Server 2008 on 14 January 2020.
End of support (EOS) means that Microsoft will no longer provide updates, bug or security fixes (except for some emergency security patches), and so machines running Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 will become increasingly vulnerable.
“If you have SQL Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008, now’s the perfect time to consider moving to the cloud,” says Alex Drake, Cobweb Cloud Solutions Architect. “For example, for businesses now without support for SQL Server 2008, Microsoft is offering three years’ free security updates for SQL Server 2008 database server workloads hosted on Microsoft’s cloud platform, Azure.
“In addition, a move to the cloud, offers many benefits - including:
✔ Increased agility - cloud servers can be easily scaled to cope with increased demand at peak times.
✔ Enhanced security - security is taken care of in the cloud. Cloud services such as those incorporating Azure boast some of the most advanced security technology, so a business can be confident that data is protected.
✔ Lower costs - costs are reduced through, for example, the ability to take advantage of unique cloud offerings, such as paying up front for resources for a one- or three-year period.”
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