The good news is that you have options that you previously never had. Microsoft has announced they are discontinuing free security updates on clients using Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 as well as SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2.
For over a decade, the support lifecycles for each version of Windows, Office and SQL were usually ten years; this included five years of mainstream support and then an additional five years of extended support. This type of Microsoft support lifecycle is known to us as the fixed support lifecycle.
2019 can feel light years away, but as of right now (September 2018), it is only 9 months until these deadlines will be upon us. Most organizations simply can’t have unpatched servers running their critical workloads.
There are a few options for the future, and it all depends on what is right for your company.
Interlink has found the many of our clients want to explore the option of moving to Azure but may have concerns about the platform. Interlink can use their Path to Azure methodology to assess if your workload is a fit.
Microsoft’s offering of extended support at no charge is complimented by funding to assess a potential migration to Azure. Plus, there is additional funding for the actual migration itself, if you make the decision to move the workload to Azure. Microsoft is offering up to $15,000 for assessment purposes and an additional maximum of $15,000 for the migration itself for a total of $30,000 of possible funding as of this publishing to qualified clients.
Please contact us today to schedule an assessment of your Windows Server 2008/2008R2 and SQL Server 2008/2008R2 Servers so that we can give you the right data to let you determine the best course of action for these workloads.