If you’re still running SQL 2000 or SQL 2005 in your environment, you probably already know about the significant support costs. And, I would be willing to bet that your Security team is telling you that it’s a considerable risk that needs that must be addressed. The team that oversees applications is also probably telling you that these systems can’t be upgraded because they are 32-bit systems and won’t run on the newer 64-bit platforms. To top it off, the business tells you that the vendor won’t provide support on the new platforms or your host will charge a considerable fee to allow you to run the outdated versions of SQL on their servers.
When thinking about what you need to do, do you feel like you have only two options?[...]