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WhitepapersMake the most of End of Support (EOS) 

Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 EOS requires your attention in order to ensure your business remains safe and in compliance. We can help you assess your options and determine the optimal path forward.

What is at stake

Unsupported platforms can quickly become a burden. Windows Server and SQL Server 2008 EOS means Microsoft will no longer make product improvements, accept warranty claims, or provide security or non-security patches. SQL Server 2008 extended support ended July 9, 2019, while Windows Server 2008 and 2008 extended support EOS is set to expire January 14, 2020.

Failing to take action will unnecessarily increase your risk of cyberattacks, capacity overruns, and non-compliance. It also leaves you at the mercy of platform and performance issues that naturally arise over time when support is no longer in place. Fortunately, there is still time for you to devise and execute a transition plan that not only helps you to avoid negative outcomes but to deploy a more modern and cost-effective environment.

A navigation guide for Windows/SQL Server 2008 EOS

Operating on unsupported platforms can lead to increased security risks, performance issues, and compliance concerns. Taking proactive steps to transform infrastructure can enhance operations and even drive innovation for enterprises. Learn how to navigate Windows/SQL Server 2008 EOS to your advantage in this guide.

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You have options

EOS creates pressure, but also opportunity. How will you upgrade your systems? Will you solve for immediate concerns or take the chance to modernize your infrastructure?

EOS choices:

  • Upgrade to newer versions of SQL/Windows Server
    • The simplest option in terms of minimizing change and extra training needs.
  • Purchase on-premises extended support
    • Enables you to maintain performance and security, though it requires Software Assurance and can be excessively costly.
  • Migrate workloads to Azure
    • Ensure never-ending support and reduce hardware constraints with an optimized Azure environment and/or hybrid approach.
Windows/SQL Server updates are also often accompanied by infrastructure updates. This could mean deploying converged or hyperconverged solutions, or new FPGAs or memory systems. Doing so can provide clear benefits, such as better performance and simplified management.

Get expert help

Time is limited; your efforts need to be strategic and efficient. Consider our Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 Assessment. By combining qualitative investigation and advanced data collection tools, we assess your current state and develop an executable migration roadmap.

The assessment can help you:
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Understand your environment
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Define or refine business and IT requirements
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Create a migration plan with an experienced partner

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Minimize costs, risks, and missteps
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Plan a move to cloud
We offer two types of assessments, each delivered in two phases, to suit nearly any business or industry specific needs. Review the datasheet to learn more.

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Featured resource

With EOS dates nearing, it’s critical for businesses with these technologies installed to  act now in order to maintain regulatory compliance, secure against cyberthreats, and ensure data privacy and protection. It’s also a prime opportunity to consider kickstarting modernization initiatives. 

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