SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 end of support: What you need to know

End of support for SQL Server and Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 is approaching fast—coming to an end on July 9, 2019 and January 14, 2020, respectively. With just a little over six months until SQL Server end of support, it’s best to create a plan of action sooner rather than later.

Failure to update your customers’ platforms could result in compliance gaps or security attacks. The risks are too important to ignore. One in five organizations loses customers due to a cyberattack and nearly 30% lose revenue.1 4.2 billion records were stolen in 20162 and hackers aren’t going anywhere—the expected cost of cybercrime to the global economy by 2022 is $8 trillion.3

The modern work landscape is changing. There is a need for massive data growth, powerful insights into unstructured data, and analytics that drive digital transformation. End of support provides a chance for you to not only revisit your customers and ensure they are modernized, but to move them to the cloud and increase your monthly profits.

Prepare for end of support by reviewing our newest resources and watching on-demand webinars created specifically to guide you through these events.

EOS Campaign content

Get to market quickly with the latest end of support assets! You’ll find proactive proposals, to-customer pitch decks, sales guides and datasheets designed for Windows Server and SQL Server 2008 EOS. Download today.

On-demand webinars

Leverage SQL Server by Moving to Azure Virtual Machines (VMs)

Watch this StepUp Technical training to learn how to modernize using SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines (VMs). You’ll learn everything from the basics of getting started with SQL Server Azure VMs and migrating on-prem data to the cloud, to how to take advantage of the Azure Hybrid benefit for significant cost savings.

The Leading Edge: Prepare for Windows end of support

Don’t leave your customers at risk. Use Windows Server 2008 end of life as an opportunity to re-visit your current customers and encourage them to adopt the latest technologies. When you watch this webinar, you’ll to learn how to assess your customers’ technology, migrate those who need to modernize, and optimize your resources for hybrid cloud workloads.

Customer Lifecycle Management: Windows Server and SQL Server 2008 end of support – Advancing with Azure

With the impending end of support deadlines, now is the time to upgrade, modernize, and transform your customers to current versions of SQL Server, Windows Server, or Azure services for more security, performance and innovation. This webinar explores common customer needs triggers, best practices to assess your customers’ server position, and options for transforming with Azure. Watch it here.

End of support, like any lifecycle milestone, offers you a change to reassess and set up your customers, and yourself, for the future. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Get started today. Don’t let SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 end of service sneak up on you! Prepare today!

In the meantime, you can find out how to go to market faster with an indirect provider. Get started now at http://aka.ms/indirect-providers. You can also join the US SMB Partner Insider conversation on Yammer, Twitter @SMBInsiderJoe, and LinkedIn.

1 Risk Based Security Report, 2017
2 Cisco 2017 Annual Cybersecurity Report, March 2017
3 Juniper Research Cybercrime & The Internet of Threats 2017 Whitepaper, 2017