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Max Donaldson

Save Money in Azure with Server Subscriptions

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Do you have a steady workload that you expect to continuously run?

If so, there are a few options that offer great savings.

In our previous blog, Azure Pricing – How to Get Your Best Deal we discussed how Reserved Instances can help save you money on the compute side. In this article, we will walk through another way to drive down Azure costs for your Windows Server and SQL Server through a new offering called Server Subscriptions (SS).

So, what is a Server Subscription? A SS is when you subscribe to the use of the Windows Server or SQL Server family of products on a Cloud Solution Provider Agreement (CSP) and have the ability to use that software in Azure through the Hybrid Use Benefit (HUB).

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Mike Wilson

Don’t Be Left Unprepared for Microsoft Windows Server & SQL Server End of Life Deadlines

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The clock is running out for Microsoft Windows Server 2008/R2 and SQL Server 2008/R2.

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.

  • Windows Server 2008/R2 – mainstream support is expired, and extended support will end January 2020
  • SQL Server 2008/R2 – mainstream support is expired, and extended support will end July 2019
  • Windows 7 – mainstream support is expired, and extended support will end Jan. 14, 2020
  • Office 2010 – mainstream support is expired, and extended support will end Oct. 13, 2020
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Ken Kruthaup

8 Major Updates Included in SQL Server 2017

8 Major Updates Included in SQL Server 2017

If you haven’t heard yet, there are several major and exciting updates to SQL Server with the 2017 release.  From the ability to run on Linux and Docker containers to rich data graphing functionality, the new features could have a big impact on your database and your data.

1) Expanded operating system support

In addition to Windows, you can now run SQL Server on Linux and Docker containers. If you’re already managing one of these environments – or you’ve been considering moving an existing SQL Server to one of these environments – then this will come as particularly welcome news.

It is worth nothing that there are some pieces of functionality that are missing on Linux. There are no Reporting Services, Analysis Services, or Machine Learning Services (formerly R services) yet. Only time will tell if customer demand sways Microsoft to offer these functions across all operating systems.

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Ken Kruthaup

Making SQL Server Highly Available

Making SQL Server Highly Available

Customers today need their SQL data to be highly available. With technologies built into the current versions of SQL Server, highly available databases are easier than ever to achieve.

Making data highly available has progressed through a series of technologies in SQL Server. So, let’s rewind for a minute while I explain how. Prior to SQL 7.0, Microsoft and Sybase worked together in a joint effort to produce a relational database which allowed database mirroring. This proved to be extremely cost-consuming on resources, and therefore when Microsoft broke away with their own version of SQL Server in 1998 they removed the ability to mirror databases. While industries still needed to have data highly available, Microsoft released several technologies to make data redundant.

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Ken Kruthaup

SQL 2000: Out of Date But It's Not Too Late

SQL 2000: Out of Date But It's Not Too Late

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?

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