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