SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 Sunsets in July. Are You Ready?

February 15, 2019

On July 9, 2019, support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will end forever—which means no more regular security updates. And we all know that running unsupported software puts businesses at risk of security breaches and can break compliance requirements. Rather than allowing the end-of-support deadline to cause you an apocalyptic amount of stress, why not explore your options early and design a plan that affords you the opportunity for innovation?

There are multiple pathways forward. Let’s take a peek at the options that prevent utter security demise:

  • Extended Security Update: This is the quick, sweep-that-problem-under-rug fix. It affords you more time to plan, but extended options cost 75% of the licensing costs. Additionally, the extended security route does not include technical support or new features and design change requests.
  • On-Premises Upgrade: While this option doesn’t consider a cloud strategy and calls for the biggest up-front investment, you’ll have the most control over your environment and its features.
  • Hybrid-Cloud Upgrade: A hybrid strategy allows you to use existing SQL licenses and the Azure Hybrid Benefit to save when you migrate SQL Server and Windows Server environments to Azure Virtual Machines or to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance. This option can be hugely cost-effective and allows businesses to take advantage of the flexibility and innovation of the cloud.
  • Cloud Migration: Choosing to migrate all your applications and workloads to the cloud can take a while, which is why Microsoft is offering free extended security updates for three more years after the end-of-support deadline. This is an ideal option for businesses ready to modernize their IT estate.


As a trusted Microsoft partner, Redapt is uniquely positioned to help you upgrade your on-prem infrastructure or plan your migration strategy to the cloud. We’ll explore all the solutions with you, guiding you to the solution that gives you the best ROI. Contact us for more information.