End of support doesn’t mean end of the road

By Robin Ferris, Solutions Architect at Pulsant

If you’re running SQL Server or Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2, these versions are reaching the end of their extended support lifecycle (July 9, 2019 and January 14, 2010 respectively). So, what does this mean for you and your business?

Simply put, it means the end of security updates, which can cause security and compliance issues and put your applications and business at risk. Use this as an opportunity to adopt the most current secure and innovative technologies.

What are your options?

Option 1: Seize the opportunity to modernise

End of software support is a common migration trigger. Use this opportunity to truly modernise your workloads by migrating to Azure and utilise Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings such as Azure SQL Database. Go serverless and say goodbye to patching!

Use Azure Hybrid Benefit to maximise on-premise investments. If you’re not quite ready to take this leap, don’t worry there are other options.

Option 2: Migrate your workloads to Azure

If you cannot upgrade to the latest version before the deadline, rehost workloads in Azure or Azure Stack and get 3-years of Extended Security Updates for free. Rehosting these services in Azure enables you to benefit from the latest performance enhancements, and regular security updates, without upgrading.

Gain these benefits:

  • More time to update on your terms.
  • First step towards a hybrid solution utilising cloud technology.
  • Security built into Azure, plus more than 70 compliance certifications.

Option 3: Stay on-premise and upgrade

If you need to stay on-premise then you need to upgrade to Windows Server 2016 and SQL Server 2017 editions. Staying on out-of-date operating systems and data platforms and exposing your business to security threats is not an option, neither is the temporary fix of paying a large sum for extended support and remaining on outdated platforms.

What to do:

  • Review your infrastructure to see if you can take advantage of options 1 or 2.
  • If you can’t, begin to plan to upgrade to Windows Server 2016 and SQL Server 2017 ASAP.

What should you do before the 2019 – 2020 deadlines?

The first order of business is to review your infrastructure and look for opportunities to modernise by adopting a cloud or solution.

An infrastructure update is no small task, so starting as soon as possible is of the utmost importance so you can plan for a successful deployment. As of this writing SQL Server end of support is only 7-months away., this does not leave a lot of time to plan for an upgrade whereas end of support for Windows Server is still over 2-years away, but that also doesn’t mean there is time to wait.

Time should be allocated for troubleshooting and delays. With such a complex process, a few small delays could have a big impact and risk not meeting the upgrade deadlines.

Why choose Pulsant as your cloud solution provider (CSP)?

Whatever option you decide is the perfect fit for your business strategy and Microsoft investments, Pulsant are here to help. You can benefit from our skills and resources to upgrade to the latest Microsoft solutions cost-effectively so that business functions aren’t impacted. Whether you need more time before modernising or are ready to make that step now, we can help. We’ll work with you to remove the pressure of meeting the deadlines. We can help you realise the opportunity for cost savings as well as the opportunity for better performance and reliability.

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