End of Support for Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 and SQL Server 2008/2008 R2

Leipzig, 02/01/2019 – Extended support for Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 is ending on 14 January 2020. However, in just six months – on 9 July 2019 – extended support ends for Windows Server 2008/2008 R2. Microsoft will no longer offer regular feature and security updates for these versions. What do you need to do?

Two options for upgrading

Customers who are using one of the end-of-support products can update their IT infrastructure and SQL instances both on-premise and in the cloud.

Option 1: Migrate workloads to Microsoft Azure

Companies that still use a 2008/2008 R2 server product can migrate their workloads directly to  Azure while continuing to use their existing licenses.
According to Microsoft, this approach offers the following advantages:

Companies that migrate their IT infrastructure and SQL Server to  Azure can buy themselves some time. Microsoft is offering three years of free extended security updates for 2008/2008 R2 server products in the cloud. No Software Assurance is required to take advantage of this extension.

According to Microsoft, by migrating to the cloud, companies save on installation and maintenance costs in their own data centers. Microsoft automatically keeps the cloud services up-to-date, meaning that companies are no longer responsible for taking care of the maintenance of their own systems and that they always have access to cutting-edge services. Microsoft’s  Azure SQL Database Managed Instance is a variant of the Azure SQL Database, an on-premise SQL server instance hosted entirely in Azure.

Highest standards for security and compliance: Microsoft integrated all security functions to protect data, applications, and infrastructure for SQL servers and Windows servers in  Azure. The manufacturer wants to provide customers with continuous support for implementing complex compliance, security, and data protection requirements.

According to Microsoft, hybrid scenarios offer more freedom of choice:  Azure enables the creation of consistent hybrid cloud scenarios for applications and data all the way to identity and infrastructure management. Business customers can choose whether they would like to rely solely on local services or whether they would like to partially or completely store their workloads in the cloud. Local Windows server instances can easily be linked to the cloud using a browser-based administrator interface, the Windows Admin Center.

Option 2: Purchasing on-premise updates or upgrading ​

If companies want to continue to carry out their workloads in their own data center, they still need to update or upgrade to the new generation of servers. Customers using Windows and SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 have the opportunity to upgrade to a new server version or purchase three-year extended security updates. ​

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