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Attention: Imminent Microsoft Server Support Ending! How Prepared Is Your Business?

MS SQL Server 2005 SupportWhile 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 would be 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.

What does this mean for your business if you are still operating on SQL Server 2005?

  • After the end of the support – Users running the old software will not have any security updates or hotfixes. This also means that no professional support will be available from Microsoft.
  • It is not recommended – To continue running on the product after support has ended, as users may experience a number of issues, including exposing the business to dangerous security risks, violating compliance regulations that could result in a fine, as well as additional maintenance and operational costs.

How can you avoid these risks?

To avoid running the risks that are associated with running unsupported software, it is critical to remember that:

  • Time is of the essence – Planning your migration well in advance is imperative in today’s technology world.
  • It is strongly recommended – That you start moving towards migration sooner than later to guarantee the move is completed in time, as migrations such as these can take up to several months.

Microsoft has provided further information on the impact of SQL Server 2005 support ending, helping business owners to better understand the importance of upgrading to a newer data platform, and the benefits doing so will allow, as well as several resources that outline how users can take advantage of SQL Server improvements. This information is available online from the Microsoft site

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