2008 End of Support: The facts and what your next steps should be

Do you know SQL Server and Microsoft Server 2008 go end of support in the next 12-months? Read on to find out what this means for your business and what your next steps should be.

The all important dates:


SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 End of Support – 9th July 2019

Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 End of Support – 14th January 2020


What does this mean for your business?

After these dates, SQL Server and Microsoft Server 2008 will no longer be supported by Microsoft. This means no more security updates, performance updates or patches from Microsoft. You’ll still be able to use SQL and Windows Server, but you’ll no longer receive support leaving your business increasingly vulnerable to new cyber threats.

Your options to extend support

Microsoft are extending support for both these solutions, including security updates, for 3 years if they are moved to Azure. This could mean re-hosting your 2008 servers in Azure or a full migration to Azure Virtual Machines. But the right solution for your business depends on a variety of factors, including your current workloads, the impact on the wider business and cost implications.

Plan your migration

Cloud Direct’s 2008 End Of Support Assessment Package is designed to provide you with the knowledge you need to make an informed decision and to approach your migration with confidence. The assessment package provides customers with a review of their current 2008 server set up and insight into their migration options.

Benefits of the package

This package will help you prepare and plan the best way to handle your migration. Providing you with an understanding of the impact on the business and potential costs.

What the assessment looks at

The assessment provides a high-level overview of your Windows and SQL estate including a comprehensive review of your current set up and assessment of the individual workloads on each server. Building a comprehensive understanding of what you use the servers for and the impact on the business if one of these fails or is breached.

Your individual report

Once the assessment is completed you will receive a full report with recommended actions for individual items based on the review’s findings. This will include a Road Map for your migration outlining the recommended migration option for your business with an estimated cost breakdown.

Don’t miss the deadline for SQL and Windows Server 2008 End of Support. Get in touch today to discover the opportunities for your business.