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If you’re running SQL Server or Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2, these versions are reaching the end of their extended support lifecycle (July 9, 2019 and January 14, 2020 respectively). So, what does this mean for you and your business?

Simply put, it means the end of security updates, which can cause security and compliance issues and put your applications and business at risk. Use this as an opportunity to adopt the most current secure and innovative technologies.

What are your options?

Option 1: Seize the opportunity to modernize

End of software support is a common migration trigger. Use this opportunity to truly modernize your workloads by migrating to Azure and utilize Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings such as Azure SQL Database. Go serverless and say goodbye to patching!

Use Azure Hybrid Benefit to maximise on-premise investments. If you’re not quite ready to take this leap, don’t worry there are other options.

Option 2: Migrate your workloads to Azure

If you cannot upgrade to the latest version before the deadline, rehost workloads in Azure or Azure Stack and get 3-years of Extended Security Updates for free. Rehosting these services in Azure enables you to benefit from the latest performance enhancements, and regular security updates, without upgrading.

Gain these benefits:

  • More time to update on your terms.
  • First step towards a hybrid solution utilizing cloud technology.
  • Security built into Azure, plus more than 70 compliance certifications.

Option 3: Stay on-premise and upgrade

If you need to stay on-premise then you need to upgrade to Windows Server 2016 and SQL Server 2017 editions. Staying on out-of-date operating systems and data platforms and exposing your business to security threats is not an option, neither is the temporary fix of paying a large sum for extended support and remaining on outdated platforms.

What to do:

  • Review your infrastructure to see if you can take advantage of options 1 or 2.
  • If you can’t, begin to plan to upgrade to Windows Server 2016 and SQL Server 2017 ASAP.

What should you do before the 2019 – 2020 deadlines?

The first order of business is to review your infrastructure and look for opportunities to modernise by adopting a cloud or solution.

An infrastructure update is no small task, so starting as soon as possible is of the utmost importance so you can plan for a successful deployment.

Time should be allocated for troubleshooting and delays. With such a complex process, a few small delays could have a big impact and risk not meeting the upgrade deadlines.

Why choose Adaptive as your cloud solution provider (CSP)?

Whatever option you decide is the perfect fit for your business strategy and Microsoft investments, Adaptive Information Systems is here to help. You can benefit from our skills and resources to upgrade to the latest Microsoft solutions cost-effectively so that business functions aren’t impacted. Whether you need more time before modernizing or are ready to make that step now, we can help. We’ll work with you to remove the pressure of meeting the deadlines. We can help you realize the opportunity for cost savings as well as the opportunity for better performance and reliability.

Adaptive Information Systems was founded with the mission to help businesses get the most out of their technology investments. We are a managed IT services provider in Salinas, we provide business computer support services in Salinas and the surrounding areas, we are ready to manage your IT needs so you can focus on running your business.