How to prepare for Microsoft Server & SQL Server 2008 end of life

As you might already know, extended support for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 is ending on July 9th. 2019.

With the importance of those legacy products for businesses, it’s important you take the right steps to modernize your approach, if you haven’t already done so.

 

Why this is important

As the deadline approaches quickly, there’s still time for organizations to modernize. That being said, it is crucial for businesses to understand and choose the best options they need to ensure the current and future requirements are met, but also to empower your data with world-class security, performance and availability.

Whatever their size, business can’t afford to be complaisant when it comes to their requirements and modernization as potential breaches or failures can have devastating impact on their business activities.

 

Microsoft’s recommendation

Microsoft recommends that organizations select the modernization target that best suits their needs. Options vary, as do the paths for implementing them : backup and restore, transactional replication, and an assortment of migration assistants exist.

There are so many options and caveats the Microsoft has provided a tool to help navigate the modernization process : The Data Migration Guide. This guide is not just for SQL upgrades but also covers other options and instructions regarding Oracle, DB2, MySQL, and more.

 

How to prepare

Whether you’re a small organization or national enterprise, it is crucial to put together the right migration plan and to modernize in the best possible ways to meet current and future requirements. Understanding the potential of cloud vs. the right on-premise solutions or a hybrid model can be a great first step, but you’ll probably need expert advice and recommendations to make sure you are choosing, and implementing the right option, the right way, for your business.

 

To learn more about the best options for your business, get the right expertise from our IT professionals by reaching out to one of our MicroAge locations.


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