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SQL Server and Windows Server 2008 end of life is almost here. We’re on IT with critical solutions!

Updated: Jul 2, 2019

The rapidly approaching end of support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 and SQL Server is less than one year away!

End of support means the end of monthly security updates. This can put your business-critical applications and data at risk of attacks and can also cause compliance risks for important regulations such as GDPR, HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley, and others.

Updating to a newer version of Windows Server and SQL Server can be challenging and require significant validation work. It’s a good time to evaluate new options to modernize applications and infrastructure across cloud and on-premises. We can help you adopt the cutting-edge technologies you need to carry your organization into the future and compete more effectively.

Here’s how we can do IT

Migrate to Azure with free security updates

  • Rehost your SQL Server 2008/R2 based application to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance: a version-free fully-managed solution (PaaS) that is always updated and patched. Never face end of support again.

  • Migrate to Azure IaaS Virtual Machines – simply move your SQL Servers and Windows Server 2008/R2 “as-is” to Azure virtual machines and get three more years of FREE extended security updates. Take the first step to the cloud and buy more time to upgrade to current versions or rewrite apps with cloud services.

Upgrade on-premises and stay protected

  • For workloads that must stay on-premises, upgrade to Windows Server 2016 or 2019 and SQL Server 2017 or 2019 for the most current security, performance, and innovation features.

  • If you can’t upgrade before the deadline, you can purchase up to three years of Extended Security Updates for 2008 servers.

Three reasons to migrate to Azure


Embrace the tools in Azure to modernize your applications. Focus on business innovation with fully managed services like Azure SQL Database, Azure App Service and Azure IaaS.

Cost Savings

Reduce your infrastructure costs with free extended security updates, the Azure Hybrid Benefit, and optimized infrastructure. Save up to 750K when you move one hundred 2008 servers to Azure. It would cost five times more to run Windows Server in AWS.

Security and Compliance

Counter sophisticated cyberthreats with our secure cloud foundation and help meet compliance requirements with the most certifications of any cloud provider. Get free security updates for 3 more years after end of support.

We’ll map a path to innovation for your applications and data. We can connect you with the programs and partners to assist in this important transition.

Cost savings  

Reduce your infrastructure costs with free extended security updates, the Azure Hybrid Benefit and optimized infrastructure. Save up to $750k when you more one hundred 2008 servers to Azure. I would cost five times more to run Windows Server in AWS. 

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