windows and sql 2008
For over the 10 years Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 has been a great server platform for our customers like you. There are millions of Windows Server 2008 instances deployed worldwide and there are a lot of customers still running critical business application today. With the end of support for Windows Server 2008 in January 2020 we are assisting organizations to go through a modernization process of the server platforms and applications. The good news is that there are short and long term available, this will help to mitigate risks as part of your modernization road map.
End of support is an ideal time to transform your IT estate with the cloud. But we know that it can be hard to upgrade everything before the end of support timeline. To address this need, we are pleased to announce that Extended Security Updates will be available for free in Azure for 2008 and 2008 R2 versions of SQL Server and Windows Server to help secure your workloads for three more years after the end of support deadline. You can rehost these workloads to Azure with no application code change. This gives you more time to plan your future path, including upgrading to newer versions such as SQL Server 2019 or Windows Server 2019 and utilizing the rich set of platform and data services available in Azure.
You can also move your SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 deployments with no application code change and near zero downtime to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance. It is a fully-managed database-as-a-service solution with industry leading SLAs and does not require future upgrades.
You can use existing licenses and the Azure Hybrid Benefit to save when you migrate SQL Server and Windows Server environments to Azure Virtual Machines or to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance. With this benefit, customers with Software Assurance save up to 55 percent on the cost of running SQL Server and Windows Server in Azure.
For apps and data that you want to keep running on-premises, DMS recommends that you upgrade to the latest version of SQL Server and Windows Server to get the strongest security and latest innovation. SQL Server 2019 and Windows Server 2019 are the new standard for performance and efficiency, and both include built-in security features to help you harden your platform. Now is also the time to consider refreshing your server infrastructure. Today’s servers and hyperconverged solutions can deliver important security features, as well as dramatic increases in performance and cost efficiency. DMS can offer a variety of Windows Server Software Defined solutions to meet your needs in the datacenter. Or consider Azure Stack for a consistent hybrid cloud solution.
For on-premises servers that need more time to upgrade, you will be able to purchase Extended Security Updates for three more years. This option is available to customers with Software Assurance or Subscription licenses under an Enterprise Agreement enrollment and can be purchased annually to cover only the servers that require the updates. It’s a great option to continue getting security updates while you upgrade or migrate to Azure.
Stay up to date. Choose modernization as a viable option.
3 reasons to migrate your 2008 server applications to Azure now
Eliminate your risks by leveraging our proven implementation process
At DMS we are striving to continuously improve our delivery process. We have the expertise required to provide you with a modernization solution that fits your requirements. DMS will provide you with the options that fit your timeline and your budget. We understand that things don’t happen overnight. However our mission is to assist you to plan and execute milestones and tasks as defined in your technology roadmap – short and long term.
While working with DMS you will get access to best practices, tools, resources, and experts committed to make your digital transformation a success.
Our migration and modernization expertise
DMS is trusted certified Microsoft partner. We have successfully completed a wide variety of application and platform migration projects. Modernization of legacy applications is not new to DMS, we have been helping our customers to promote and adopt new, cutting edge technology solutions that have a direct positive impact on business and IT. We have done everything from new implementations, upgrades and migrations (on-premises and cloud).
New options are now available to help you upgrade and adopt the innovative technologies you need to carry your organization into the future.