Security updates will end soon for both SQL Server and Windows Server 2008. SQL Server support will end on July 9, 2019 with Windows Server 2008 support ending on January 14, 2020. Thousands of business applications run on these servers and those versions that are not upgraded are vulnerable to cyber attacks. To limit the risk of an attack and data breach, it is recommended that you move your server to the cloud-based Microsoft Azure or upgrade your server to a current version of SQL or Windows.
What are the Next Steps?
There are two options for upgrading your server. You can migrate to Azure and receive three years of security updates for free. The other option is to upgrade to the current SQL or Windows Server versions.
What is Microsoft Azure?
Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing service with solutions including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS). These services can be used for analytics, storage, network, virtual computing, and can replace your on-premise server.
What does Microsoft Azure Do?
Microsoft Azure is a flexible platform that allows you to use as much or as little resources as you need, and you only pay for what you use. Microsoft Azure can back up your data at any time, from any location, and in any language. It also stores three backup copies in various locations in the data center and then three other copies in a remote Azure data center. Losing your data should never be a worry. In addition, Microsoft Azure can host and develop web and mobile apps, utilize multi-factor authentication for security, monitor and manage all your devices to collect data, and a whole lot more.
For more information on how to upgrade your server or to learn more about Azure, contact Integrated Computer Consulting (ICC) in Fort Collins, CO today at 970.419.0602. We can help!