Running Windows Server or SQL Server 2008? Don’t let Microsoft’s End of Support Sneak Up on You!

End of support (EOS) for both Windows Server and SQL Server 2008, and 2008 R2 is coming up fast. The first deadline is July 9, 2019.

While that may sound far off, it’s important to start planning your migration and upgrade strategy right now.

Here’s why…

  • Security – Once end of support hits, security updates stop. This means your organization will be on its own in a threat environment that is more dangerous than ever. If a security breach happens, how would you explain to your CEO, shareholders and cyber insurance company that you were running unsupported software and that it might have led to a security breach?
  • Compliance – Running software without security updates can break compliance requirements, which can lead to financial penalties, civil litigation, and in some cases jail time. Staying out of trouble requires a strategy that includes uninterrupted critical security updates.
  • Innovation – With support closing, opportunities open. Consider implementing Windows Server Containers or migrating apps and data to Microsoft Azure to facilitate innovation with cloud services.

RedZone has you covered with other options that can extend security updates after EOS. The only wrong choices for your organization would be to delay action or take no action at all.

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