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Top 5 Benefits to Upgrading Your SQL Server 2005 Databases

Top 5 Benefits to Upgrading Your SQL Server 2005 Databases

Time is winding down as extended support for SQL Server 2005 ends. For users still on this version, this milestone means no more hotfixes and security updates. In addition, you may also be missing out on a few very important benefits and costing your business more money.

By upgrading your SQL Server 2005 databases you can realize the five following benefits:

1. Better Compliance:

With an upgraded version of SQL Server, you can rest assured your data is protected and you’ll stay on top of regulatory compliance and internal security audits. As reporting requirements change and your business scales, make sure your systems are tracking every step along the way. The best way to do this is to stay current with SQL Server.

2. Faster Performance:

SQL Server 2014 delivers 13x performance gains relative to SQL Server 2005 and 5.5x performance gains over SQL Server 2008. If you’re looking to speed up your business processes and streamline operations, this is the area to focus on.

3. Reduced Total Cost of Ownership (TCO):

Azure Virtual Machines can help you reduce the TCO of deployment, management, and maintenance of your enterprise database applications as it’s all managed and maintained in the cloud instead of under your roof!

4. Easier Migration:

Microsoft Azure SQL Database has enhanced compatibility with SQL Server that makes it easier than ever to migrate from SQL Server 2005 to SQL Server 2014 and Microsoft Azure SQL Database. With helpful tools and support directly from Microsoft, upgrading does not have to be an overwhelming task that results in a ton of downtime for your business.

5. Short Payback Period:

You can maximize your IT spend by seeing a return on your investment quicker than ever! According to the Forrester Total Economic Impact of Microsoft SQL Server study, you can also experience a payback period of just 9.5 months for moving to SQL Server 2012 or 2014.


If you need help with your SQL Server Upgrade, Interlink offers a SQL MODERNIZATION ASSESSMENT or POC.

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These offers help you learn the right approach, technologies, and tools for a data platform modernization to either SQL Server 2014 and/or Azure SQL Database.*

Contact us today!

* Some organizations may qualify for free Microsoft funding to cover the assessment and POC.

Matt Scherocman

The End of SQL Server 2005 Support is Near - Does Your Database Need an Upgrade?

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Databases can sometimes be forgotten - hidden behind the applications that they support. Yet, if you find yourself without support and your datis left exposed – even temporarily, you may be putting your organization at risk.

For those organizations still running SQL Server 2005, it may be time to seriously start evaluating an upgrade. On April 12, 2016, after ten years of going strong, extended support for all versions of SQL Server 2005 is coming to an endThe good news is, over the last decade, Microsoft has continued to invest in this technology and SQL Server has evolved to be an enterprise-class solution to support the growing business needs of organizations - large and smallUpgrading is not just a maintenance task, but an opportunity to provide new value to your business. 

With April 12th right around the cornerthere's no better time to start the evaluation process. 

Depending on the type of application, the migration destination, the scale of the move and resources allocated, migrations can take several months, and without extended support you will no longer get security updates and may also experience:

  • Higher maintenance costs

  • Potential compliance issues 

Watch this short video Is It Time To Upgrade You Database? to help you determine if it’s the right time to migrate and begin achieving breakthrough performance with a move to SQL Server 2014 and/or Azure SQL Database.

In addition to deciding if it’s the right time for you to upgrade, you'll need to weigh all your migration options. 

  1. SQL Server 2014 (On-Premise Server) 
    SQL Server 2014 can provide very fast performance with built-in technology to speed up applications compared to older versions of SQL Server. In fact, SQL Server 2014 benchmarked 13x faster than SQL Server 2005 and 5.5x faster than SQL Server 2008. Reduced downtime, increased mission-critical uptime, fast failover, improved manageability, and better use of hardware resources are just some of the benefits that users report after leveraging SQL Server 2014

  2. SQL Azure (Cloud)
    With SQL Server 2014 available on Azure, you can prioritize cost savings and minimal administration.There are currently two options for hosting: SQL Server workloads in the cloud through Azure SQL Database (Software-as-a-Service/ SaaS) or SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines (Infrastructure as a Service/ IaaS).  We can walk you through which options make the most sense for you.  
  1. Hybrid Approach: On-Premise Server + Cloud
    Microsoft has added several hybrid cloud options to SQL Server 2014 that is showing real value, even for those who continue to run on premise. The hybrid cloud options don’t require you to move your entire SQL Server databases to the cloud. Instead, you can extend to on premise SQL Server instances to the cloud where it makes sense for your business. With enhancements to SQL Server 2014’s Backup, AlwaysOn Replicas, and SQL Server Data Files, these hybrid options can cover all the bases of a complete and secure SQL Server setup. 

  2. Disaster Recovery As A Service – DRAAS
    Allows on premise database to sync out to the cloud for backup and disaster recovery. This can be the best of both world while it allows for fast on LAN speeds and full operation ability in the cloud.  

 

What is the best path for you?

Utilizing Microsoft-based funding, Interlink is currently offering a detailed SQL Modernization Assessment along with a Proof of Concept for SQL Server 2014 and SQL AzureThrough both the assessment and POC, our team can help you determine the right approach, technologies and tools for data platform modernization for SQL Server 2014 and/or SQL Azure Database. The scope, activities, and deliverables for each will vary based on your unique objectives, ultimately tailoring the right fit for your organization the first time.

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Matt Scherocman

The New Office - Office 2016

The New Office - Office 2016

Office 2016 is the latest addition to Office 365. It’s made for teamwork, perfect for Windows 10, and full of new features that work for you. Updates in Office 2016 include:

  • Co-authoring in Word, PowerPoint and OneNote – Real-time typing lets you see what others are typing and view their edits as they make them
  • Simplified Sharing – Share button located on the Ribbon in Word, Excel and PowerPoint lets you see who has access to a given document, allows you to invite others, and change access permissions to your document
  • Improved Version History- view or go back to earlier drafts of your document from within your document by clicking on the File tab and selecting history
  • Shared Notebooks – OneNote shared notebooks provide a centralized place to share all project information- videos, photos, drawings, hand written notes, screen clippings, etc
  • Modern Meetings – Use Skype for Business to send an instant message to ask a quick question and easily add voice, video, or screen sharing. Use Skype for Business HD video conferencing with co-authoring, and desktop sharing for collaboration
  • Office for all of your devices – Full viewing and editing of Office documents across Windows, Android, and Apple devices

Office 2016 and Windows 10

  • Windows Hello – Your Windows 10 device lights up in your presence and greets you by name. You can log in to your PC and Office 365 with a simple look or a touch – no need for password anymore
  • Cortana and Office 365- by learning more about you over time, Cortana becomes useful every day, bringing together all of your relevant business information so you can stay on top of your day. For example: if you are preparing for a team meeting, Cortana will pull the meeting time, location from the mail & calendar app, get the recent PowerPoint presentation you collaborated on from OneDrive for Business, and connect you to the Skype meeting
  • Office Mobile Apps on Windows 10 – Every new phone and small tablet running Windows 10 comes pre-installed with Office mobile apps, so you can be productive right away
  • Continuum – On Select Windows 10 premium phones you can use a Continuum-compatible accessory to project, even wirelessly, to any monitor. You can even connect to a mouse and keyboard to use your phone like a PC for getting things done
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Matt Scherocman

New Microsoft Windows 10 available July 29th!

New Microsoft Windows 10 available July 29th!

Windows 10 is being made available as a free upgrade for qualified Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 devices - available starting July 29, 2015.  With familiarity and ease, Windows 10 is designed to start up and resume fast. Plus, it is packed with innovations and compatible with the hardware and software you already use.  

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Matt Scherocman

What is Microsoft’s Enterprise Cloud Suite (ECS)?

First and foremost, it’s a new licensing bundle of products from Microsoft. It can be hard to understand considering it is a bundle of bundles. Moving to the cloud from a traditional licensing plan can be confusing. We hope this brief overview gives you the highlights of this new option. We will look at what is in the ECS Suite, how it is the same, and how it is different than today’s enterprise desktop license model.  

 

 

Here are the four components of the ECS Suite:

 

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What are the benefits of the ECS Suite?

  • Simpler – One sku is licensed by user that includes the most popular cloud offerings.
  • Discounting – Microsoft puts a compelling discount onto the bundle versus purchasing the individual pieces.
  • Licensed by userWith the average employee using more devices for business like tablets, mobile phones, and even home PCs, licensing by user makes sense for most scenarios.  
  • Ability to decrease license count – In the crazy world of mergers and acquisitions, it is important for some organizations to be able to decrease their licensing headcount as their business changes.  Most ECS licensed agreements are able to have their quantity decreased “true down” on the anniversary of the agreement down to a minimum of 250 users.
  • Like all Microsoft agreements, customers have the ability to add licensing at any time.

 

In today’s model you have your CAL suite, plus Office and Windows.

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Tomorrow’s ECS plan encompasses the same items on the left now delivered in a cloud / user model with enhanced functionality.

 

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