What just happened?
Well, Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 and SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 are on their extended support phase now. This past July 9, 2019 for SQL Server and upcoming January 14, 2020 for Windows Server are the end-of-life dates. This means that if you’re operating this software, once these dates pass you will be running them at your own risk. In this era of ongoing cyber attacks, this is a very dangerous thing to do. So, now you know what just happened, the question now is, “What are you going to do about it?” Luckily you have several options for a windows server 2008 upgrade, and we can discuss them.
Option 1: Upgrade your Windows Server
This is the traditional windows server 2008 upgrade path many companies take. With this option you receive all the updated features, security packages and support of a current software release. The latest versions of Winders server and SQL Service available are Windows Server 2019 and SQL Server 2017. You can even upgrade on-premise versions to the cloud version on Azure . This reduces any danger from physical damage which can occur during events such… oh… hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, etc…
The benefits of upgrading to Windows Server
- Hybrid cloud – The Server Core App Compatibility feature on demand (FOD) significantly improves the app compatibility of the Windows Server Core installation option by including a subset of binaries and components from Windows Server with the Desktop Experience, without adding the Windows Server Desktop Experience graphical environment itself.
- Security (Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) – ATP’s deep platform sensors and response actions expose memory and kernel level attacks and respond by suppressing malicious files and terminating malicious processes.
- Applications platform – It is now possible to run Windows and Linux-based containers on the same container host, using the same docker daemon. This enables you to have a heterogenous container host environment while providing flexibility to application developers.
- Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) – This simplifies the management of data centers by recasting them as transportation systems for software and transactions, rather than networks of processors with storage devices and memory caches dangling from them.
Option 2: Don’t upgrade, move to Azure Cloud
If you don’t want a windows server 2008 upgrade, and you’d like to continue on with Server 2008/2008 R2 and SQL 2008/2008 R2, you could move to Azure by using the Azure Hybrid Use Benefit. You would incur some infrastructure and compute costs but they may offset by the use of Azure Reserved VM Instances for Windows Server and Azure SQL Database Reserved Capacity.
The benefits of cloud computing:
- Lower cost – Cloud computing eliminates the expense of setting up and running on-site datacenters, which often have added costs such as employing staff and buying and maintaining land, buildings, and computer hardware.
- Higher security – Cloud providers typically also offer a broad set of policies, compliance, technologies, and controls that strengthen your security posture by protecting your data, apps, and infrastructure from threats.
- Increased productivity – Cloud providers continuously update their datacenter networks with the latest-generation hardware, providing you with fast, efficient computing resources that never go obsolete and would be more costly to implement in a single datacenter.
- Global Scale – Cloud computing runs on data centers around the world, providing overall resiliency and reliability by allowing your data to be backed up in more than one geographic location.
Option 3: Do nothing at take your chances
If you do nothing you can still run Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 and SQL 2008/2008 R2, but Microsoft will charge 75% of the current operating system cost for this end-of-lifed product. You’ll continue to receive security updates, however you will only receive three years of updates, not six as you would from upgrading. also, you must have a Software Assurance or Enterprise Subscription agreement to qualify for this.
Now is the time to think about a windows server 2008 upgrade
The time to start reviewing your options is now. The professionals at Responza would be happy to offer our consulting services to help you determine your best path forward. We are experts in the many options available to you and can help determine what would best suit your needs.
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