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Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 End of Support

Microsoft’s end of support for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 announcement means that after July 9, 2019 respectively, there will be no security updates, leading to potential security and compliance risks.

Don’t take unnecessary risks with your software by neglecting a migration.

What Does “End of Support” Mean for You?

Microsoft will no longer support security updates or any other kind of support, putting your data at risk for the following:



Security updates will no longer be issued, making your organization more vulnerable to a data breach.


Your company could be in breach of compliance requirements for running software without security updates.

Migration is also a time for innovation. Upgrading provides better performance, efficiencies, security features and new technology capabilities.

What Are Your Options?

Migrate to Azure with Free Extended Security Updates

-Rehost your SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 with few or no application code changes in Azure SQL Database Managed Instance for a “version-free” platform

-Move to Azure Virtual Machines to get three years of Extended Security Updates at no additional charge and upgrade to a newer version when ready

-Use existing licenses and save up to 55 percent with Azure Hybrid Benefit

Upgrade On-Premises Environments and Stay Protected

-Upgrade to SQL Server 2017 for greater security, performance, availability and innovation with cloud analytics

-For continued protection beyond the deadline, buy up to three years of Extended Security Updates—cover only the workloads you need while you upgrade

To get your migration plan underway, partner with a trusted managed services provider like Biz Technology Solutions. BTS is a Microsoft Gold Partner. We’ve got the expertise, tools and resources to help your organization upgrade, modernize and transform to current versions of Windows Server and SQL server for more security, performance and innovation.