Why Microsoft Is Ending Support For SQL Server & Windows Server 2008

It may not seem that long ago, but from a business-technology standpoint, 2008 was a different world.

64-bit computing was a shiny new prospect. Analytics was in its earliest stages. CIOs weren’t raving about the cloud, or AI, or Agile – they were raving about enterprise applications like ERP, SCM, and CRM, and about the latest developments in server and storage technologies.

It was a time when business priorities and processes were much more scaled down. Back when the job of an operating system was really just to manage and simplify, not to fuel game-changing innovation. And when the job of a SQL server was to self-tune, self-organize, and self-maintain – not to deliver real-time analytics at 1M predictions per second, or turn raw data into tangible, mobile-friendly BI.

All of this is why Microsoft are about to end support for SQL Server and Windows Server 2008 – the last 32-bit Windows server operating system. The two products just aren’t the right foundation for businesses with bigger goals today, like deep analytics, machine learning, or cloud computing.

It means you’ll stop getting security updates for both products as soon as the dates roll over, plus any other types of support, like automatic fixes and technical assistance. 

It also means your infrastructure will essentially become ‘open’ – vulnerable to everything from ransomware attacks to compliance breaches – and there’ll be no one around to warn you when those things are coming.

Why is Microsoft putting you in this position? Because it’s necessary. To deliver on your business goals over the next few years (and beyond), you’re going to need infrastructure that can keep up with the pace of change. Achievements like deep analytics, AI, and even business globalisation won’t ever be yours if your operations are built on a 2008 framework. 

So what now? Good question.

In fact, we’ve actually written a guide on exactly how to answer that question. Click here and we’ll take you through the five available options, so you can narrow down which one makes the most sense for your business. Oh, and if you have any questions along the way, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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