The day is approaching, the beloved Microsoft 2008 Servers End of Life is upon us.
On July 9, 2019, support for the trusty database management system SQL Server 2008 will end. Then, on January 14, 2020, there will no longer be support for the operating system Windows Server 2008.
What does Microsoft 2008 Servers End of Life mean?
Microsoft will not update this software, so its infrastructure and applications will no longer be fully secure. There will be no additional free security updates on-premises, non-security updates, free support options, or online technical content updates for the software.
“I’ve been using these servers for years, and I know they are reliable and trustworthy. However, I don’t want to continue using them without the protection Microsoft usually provides. What am I supposed to do?”
Don’t worry. The end of one software means the beginning of newer, more reliable ones, and they are called Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.
AWS is Amazon’s cloud computing platform and Azure is Microsoft’s cloud computing platform. It is the “cloud for all”, a platform that caters to any size and shape of a business. The migration process is very attainable, and our company can provide specific steps to guide you in the switch.
After I migrate to AWS or Microsoft Azure, how will it be better than my trusted 2008 Servers?
Cloud Servers are designed to streamline and modernize your company. In the process you will save money and increase your security.
Here are a few examples.
SQL Data Base:
This provides a way for you to migrate your data bases without having to change your apps in the process. Azure prevents you from making application code changes. There will be no need to start over after your migration, you will be able to pick up right where you left off.
App Services: AWS and Azure
AWS and Azure allow you to accelerate app development and make the apps that you already know and love that much easier to use. These services will help you build, deploy and scale apps running on any platform in order to meet the rigorous demands of your business. Also, the platform is fully managed to perform infrastructure maintenance, so you will not have to worry about pesky maintenance updates.
Iaas: The “infrastructure as a service”
Iaas: The “infrastructure as a service” allows you to scale your infrastructure to your ever-evolving needs. It takes away the time you spend on strategically planning the best infrastructure to purchase for your company.
Switching to the cloud will not only increase quality and productivity, but also the security of your information. Both AWS and Azure seek to fight cyber threats through their secure cloud foundation. This foundation stretches globally and is multi-layered in order to provide the protection you need, anywhere.
All of these benefits come with a price right? Actually, the answer is no. After you migrate to the cloud, there are many ways to cut costs. The service offers a pay as you go plan, so you are only paying for exactly what you need to use. There is no need to worry about forecasting your data use far into the future. However, if you are a planner, AWS and Azure offer a reservation service that allows you to reserve your space in advance, and purchase cloud space at a lower cost.
Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008’s lives are coming to an end, but the good news is there is a solution that will help you take your business to new heights. Cloud Servers are an easily migratable, modern, safe, and cost-effective solution to your server needs. If you are overwhelmed by this migration process, or still unsure if Cloud Servers are right for you, we would love to assist you!