Reminder that SQL 2008 and SQL 2008 R2 Extended Support Ends July 9, 2019! Microsoft will no longer deliver fixes and security updates.
Customers are encouraged to prepare and execute on their upgrade and/or sustained engineering plans as early as possible for these SQL versions. Remaining current on your SQL Server version ensures that your product remains supported per the Support Lifecycle policy.
Additionally, your software benefits from the many enhancements, fixes, and security updates provided through the latest releases.
For both SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2, Microsoft will continue to provide technical support which also includes security updates during the duration of extended support. See the table below for extended support end date. Non-security hotfixes for these versions will be offered only to customers who have an Extended Hotfix Support agreement. Please refer to Extended Hotfix Support – Microsoft for more information.
What better time to look into moving your SQL databases to a Cloud Solution such as:
Azure SQL PaaS
Azure SQL Managed Instance
Both options are a fully-managed SQL database engine, based on the latest stable Enterprise Edition of SQL Server. They are categorized as a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) option. SQL database has multiple deployment options, each of which is built on standardized hardware and software that is owned, hosted, and maintained by Microsoft.
CLICK HERE to read our blog about helping decide which Azure SQL offering is best for you!