End of Support for Microsoft Windows Server 2008

End of Support for Microsoft Windows Server 2008

Microsoft has ended support for SQL Server as of July 9, 2019, and end of support for Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 is coming up in 2020. This means that, as of January 14, 2020, there will be no additional:

  • Free security updates on-premises
  • Non-security updates
  • Free support options
  • Online technical content update

Do you have a plan of action? Here are 3 reasons you should:

  1. Innovation – Embrace the tools in Azure to modernize your applications. Focus on business innovation with fully managed services like Azure SQL DatabaseAzure App Service, and Azure IaaS.
  2. Cost savings – Reduce your infrastructure costs with free extended security updates, the Azure Hybrid Benefit, and optimized infrastructure. Save up to $750K when you move one hundred 2008 servers to Azure. It would cost five times more to run Windows Server in AWS.
  3. Security and compliance – Counter sophisticated cyberthreats with Microsoft’s secure cloud foundation and help meet compliance requirements with the most certifications of any cloud provider. In addition, if you wait until support has ended, you could end up having problems with compliance and security during the “gaps” in support. These are areas where no business can afford to take chances.

Now is the Time to Move to Azure

This is the perfect time to move to Azure and start taking advantage of the benefits of cloud technology—saving money by paying only for what you use and eliminating the need for hardware, improving productivity and performance, and ensuring the security of your data and users.

Savings Opportunities Available Now

Microsoft has also made it even more enticing to make the move. With the new extended security offer, you can move your Windows Server 2008/R2 licenses to Azure and receive three years of extended security protection…FREE.

Customers who use Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2 should migrate to Microsoft Azure to take advantage of 3 additional years of critical security updates at no additional charge and modernize when you’re ready. 

For environments other than Azure, we recommend upgrading to the latest version before the deadline. If you cannot meet the end-of-support deadline, you can purchase Extended Security Updates to keep server workloads protected until you upgrade (some restrictions apply).

Microsoft also recommends you migrate to Azure or upgrade to the current product versions before the support end dates to let you take advantage of the latest product innovations and make sure you have uninterrupted support from Microsoft.

The end of support for Windows Server 2008 is the perfect opportunity to assess your technology needs and set your organization up for the future. Don’t let Windows Server 2008 end of service throw you off track. Talk to ArcherPoint today about planning for 2020.


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