SQL and Windows Server 2008 Support is Coming to an End

How Will SQL Server and Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 End of Support Impact You?

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July 9, 2019

SQL Server 2008/2008 R2

Windows Server

January 14, 2020

Windows Server 2008/2008 R2

July 9, 2019 marks the end of extended support for SQL Server 2008/2008 R2, and starting January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer support Windows Server 2008/2008 R2. Without support, your organization will be exposed to greater security threats and you will no longer be in compliance with industry regulations such as General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

To keep your organization running smoothly and securely, start planning your migration path today.

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Existing Microsoft Azure Customer

Existing Microsoft Azure Customer

Server Migration to Azure

Migrate your SQL Server and Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 licenses to your Azure environment and receive extended security updates for three years. Our certified cloud architects will help you securely ‘lift and shift’ your workloads to the cloud, get you up and running as quickly as possible, and ensure best practices around security and manageability.

Migrate to Azure

Migrate to Microsoft Azure

Organizational Digital Transformation

Now is the time to move to Azure and reap the rewards of cloud technology, including the ability to quickly scale up or down, pay only for what you use, and save on compute power. Whether you’re deploying new virtual machines, moving a few workloads, or migrating your data centers, the Azure Hybrid Benefit provides big savings for your hybrid cloud strategy.

Choose Microsoft Azure and Take Your Business to New Heights

Moving a SQL Database or Windows Server to Azure has never been easier. Microsoft is offering a number of incentives to help organizations like you adapt and introduce Azure into their environments.

At SHI, our technical resources and your account executive will help you successfully migrate to Microsoft Azure.

Existing Microsoft Azure Customer

Save up to 85% with Azure Hybrid Benefit

Save even more when you migrate your Windows Server and SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 to Azure with the Azure Hybrid Benefit and Reserved Instances. You’ll also receive extended security support for three years. If you have any agreements with active SA, you can leverage hybrid savings!

Existing Microsoft Azure Customer

Get Free Extended Security Updates in Azure

‘Lift and shift’ your Windows Server workloads to Azure with no application code change right away. This approach provides you with more time to plan your upgrade to newer versions running in Azure. Move SQL Server to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance (version-free platform, fully managed, no patching needed).

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Azure SQL Database Managed

It has never been more straightforward and economical to move SQL Server Databases to Azure. Azure SQL Database Managed Instances is a deployment option in Azure that enables you to quickly and confidently move your on-premises SQL Database at scale in Azure. You can rehost your SQL with few or no application code changes, and it’s a version-free platform.

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Made for hybrid cloud

Your on-premises applications can access data in Azure SQL Database, achieve bottomless capacity and continuous availability, and lower storage costs

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Built for Azure

SQL Server offers users easier workload and mobility between data centers, private clouds, and Microsoft Azure.

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At a reasonable cost

Get breakthrough in-memory performance across all workloads – all in one package, at a low cost.

Azure Windows Server

Move to the cloud faster, achieve more, and save money with a growing collection of integrated services. Get end-to-end cloud-based infrastructure services (compute, database, storage, web, analytics, network, and mobile, among others) that make it easy to run business-critical enterprise applications in the cloud in a reliable way.

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Evolve existing infrastructure

Move workloads between on-premises and cloud without worrying about downtime.

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Application innovation

Deliver faster time to value with agile apps and micro services.

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Save money with your move

Save up to 40 percent on Windows Server virtual machines in Azure.

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Not Ready to Move Your Workloads to the Cloud?

Upgrade to the Latest License Version

Individual License Purchases

If your organization is unable to move to Microsoft Azure, you can upgrade on-premises to SQL Server 2017 or Windows Server 2019, or if you have active Software Assurance (SA), you can purchase Extended Security Updates for 75% of the total licensing cost of latest SQL and Windows Server versions.

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Why Work with SHI for Your SQL Server and Windows Server Migration Needs

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6 Microsoft Gold & 11 Microsoft Silver Competencies

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Migration Practice – Microsoft Funded Assessments

SHI Supports Customers at Every Stage of their Cloud Journey


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Microsoft funding options


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Buying and discount programs

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Effective partnering


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Server migration services

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Customized deployment services


Cloud optimization and management

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Cloud adoption program

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Leverage existing manufacturer investments

Migrate Off of SQL Server and Windows Sever 2008/R2 Today

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