Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Will No Longer Be Supported by Microsoft on April 12, 2016

This April 12, 2016, organizations running on Microsoft SQL Server 2005 will be coming to the end of their days of support from Microsoft by way of updates and security patches. The software will be at the end of its life.

According to Khalil Afar, who was interviewed for an article in the Financial Post as Microsoft Canada’s director of cloud and enterprise business, it’s a time that will present organizations with the opportunity to rethink how they manage their data, and to consider whether they wish to consolidate servers, virtualize,  or move to the cloud.

microsoft-release-sql-server-2014-ctp2The effect of this change could be widespread throughout the country as Microsoft says that over 30 per cent of Canadian organizations are still running the soon-to-be obsolete software.

“It’s always an interesting challenge to have those kind of conversations, to try to get customers to think about the impact of being on software that’s over ten years old,” Afar said.

Even if organizations are open to change, however, there can still be hurdles to cross and challenges in trying to transition.

According to Afar, some third-party or in-house applications might have dependencies that prevent an easy upgrade.

In order to address this, Microsoft has been working with independent software vendors (ISVs) to help them ensure application compatibility.

The mega-company is providing a collection of tools, which includes an Assessment and Planning Toolkit for customers who want to perform part or all of the process themselves.

According to the Financial Post, it also offers migration assistance to customers switching from MySQL, Oracle, Sybase, and DB2, as well as from its own Access database.

What are some of the benefits of Microsoft’s SQL Server 2014?

The Financial Post says it has “high availability and disaster recovery features to give companies more reliable access to their mission critical data,” as well as faster mission critical applications with up to 30-times the transaction performance gains.

Some good food for thought.

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