On July 9th, 2019 the extended support for SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 will end, and on January 14th, 2020 we also say goodbye to support for Windows Server 2008/2008 R2. Until these dates, you can still get support and patches. After that date, there will be no more security updates, which is a risk to your business, data, applications and infrastructure. So, what does this mean for you?
The difference is that end of support means a vendor will no longer provide security patches, hot fixes or technical support, whereas end of life means a vendor will typically no longer sell the product or offer assistance at all. End of life indicates that the product is obsolete, and it is recommended that you no longer use the product.
For Windows and SQL Server 2008, the end of mainstream support already occurred in 2014/2015. We’re now faced with the end of the extended support that Microsoft had provided, meaning January 14th, 2020 is essentially the official retirement date for these two products.
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These upcoming changes mean that if you’re still running Windows/SQL Server 2008, then now is the time to start planning your next move. While a year might seem a long time away, securely and accurately updating an IT infrastructure is a large, complicated task. If you don’t do anything, your company’s infrastructure won’t be secure when the deadline hits. Your machines will be running at your own risk – but with an ever-increasing amount of cyberattacks being reported, this isn’t recommended.
You have a few options for what you can do with the impending cut-off dates for support and life.
Whichever route you decide to take, Perfect Image is here to help. As a Microsoft Gold Partner, we have teams of Microsoft experts, hosting specialists, and a tried-and-tested migration methodology. Simply get in touch with us to discuss your options and what it would mean for your organisation with a friendly expert. Take your first step towards becoming prepared against the impending deadlines today!