Extended support for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 ends on 14 January 2020. Microsoft will no longer release security updates, which may expose you to security attacks or make you out of compliance with industry regulations such as GDPR. Avoid business disruptions and use this as an opportunity to modernize your application stack.

What do I need to do?

Well, doing nothing is not an option! You should move quickly to keep your business protected. As a first step, why not let us help you assess your options?

Option 1

Upgrade to the latest versions of Windows Server and/or SQL now, whether on-premise or deployed in private or public cloud, DIY or managed

Option 2

Move everything into the Azure environment where Microsoft will continue support for Server and SQL 2008 for a further three years at zero cost

Option 3

Go ‘as a service’ and shift the responsibility by either moving workloads onto a VM within a managed Azure environment (IaaS), or transforming the workloads to platform-based services (PaaS) and going ‘serverless’

Next Steps

The challenge is real and is made more difficult by the tight timeframes and the need to build and implement a plan that covers Server and SQL upgrades. The path for each organisation will be different, not just because of individual system architectures, but also because strategy, budget and risk appetites will be different.

With less than a year before the support ends, let us guide you through the best options for your needs.