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While Microsoft will be ending extended support for SQL Server 2005 on April 12, 2016, don’t forget that support for Windows Server 2003 ended on July 14, 2015. Now is the time to migrate to a SQL Server 2014 or Azure SQL Database to achieve breakthrough performance and optimize your data platform infrastructure while maintaining security and compliance.
So what does this mean for businesses still running SQL Server 2005? After this date, no security updates, hotfixes, or Microsoft professional support will be available. Continuing to run the product after the end of support may expose your business to security risks, increased maintenance and operations costs, as well as compliance violations and possibly a fine.
To avoid the risks of running unsupported software, now is the time to start planning your migration. Although it seems like there is plenty of time, The Data Center recommends planning now to ensure you make the move on time, as migrations can take up to several months to complete. Whether you’re on your own or with The Data Center, we have the resources you need to plan a successful migration.
However you can still obtain more information from Microsoft on understanding the impact of the ending of SQL Server 2005 extended support, why upgrading to a newer data platform will benefit your business and various resources outlining how to take advantage of SQL Server improvements at www.microsoft.com/sqlserverupgrade.
We encourage you though to contact us and we will assist you on your journey to discover the value that Microsoft SQL Server 2014 can add to your organization. Contact The Data Center today by calling us at (518) 459-DATA (3282) or sending out team an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.