Prepare for Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 end of support

With end of support for Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 fast approaching, now is the time to start thinking about modernizing your infrastructure.

Extended Support for SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 ends July 9, 2019 Extended Support for Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 January 14, 2020

After these dates, Microsoft will no longer release security updates, which may expose you to security attacks or compliance risks with industry regulations such as GDPR. Avoid business disruptions and use this as an opportunity to modernize your IT infrastructure by moving it to the Microsoft cloud.

48% of small businesses say new technology will influence growth over the next three years

Along with optimizing costs, reducing security threats, and increasing consistency across your infrastructure, migrating to the Microsoft cloud increases scalability and flexibility if your business is growing or has fluctuating capacity needs. In addition, your security updates are extended meaning you get to protect your business data – and your brand reputation.


Extend your security

Migrating Windows Server and SQL Server workloads to Azure enables businesses to benefit from the $1B Microsoft investment into building security into a cloud platform you can trust. In addition, migration benefits include:

  • Operational best practices and a global team of more than 3,500 cybersecurity experts
  • Three years of security updates at no charge once  migrated to Azure
  • Built-in security features that encrypt and protect your data
  • Security health monitored across your entire environment
  • Multiple support offers including 24×7 access to billing support,  online self-help, whitepapers, support forums, and documentation

Reduce the risk of  security breaches

Without regular security bulletins it may be impossible to guarantee protection against hackers and malware or  prevent unwanted access to sensitive data.

Cybercrime will cost the world $6 trillion  annually by 2021, up from $3 trillion in 2015

An estimated 111 billion lines of new software code are produced each year — creating a massive number of vulnerabilities

Only 1% of stolen,  lost or compromised  records are encrypted – This equates to a  1.5% decline in  encrypted records year over year

For more information on the challenges and opportunities presented by  Windows Server and SQL Server end of support, contact VAST today

Be sure to ask about our VAST View Cloud Optimization platform to reduce spend and enhance security once you’re migrated to Azure!