Microsoft SQL Server 2005 EOL

Microsoft has announced that they are ending mainstream support for their SQL Server 2005 on April 12, 2016. As SQL Server reaches the end of its supported life, businesses have the opportunity to improve, or even transform, their business by upgrading to a more modern SQL database or DBaaS. At Datapipe, database services are a key value proposition for our clients that are included with our standard managed services which is truly unique in the industry. Here are some points at how Datapipe can bring value to you.

While SQL Server 2005 is familiar and has been a stable platform, failing to upgrade can leave your business open to compliance failures, outage risks from aging infrastructure, as well as security vulnerabilities. If the thought of migrating to an updated SQL Server sounds intimidating, never fear – Datapipe is here to assist you in the planning and execution of your SQL Server 2005 End of Life (EOL) plans. There are three common solutions:

  • Migrate to SQL Server 2014 on Azure VMs: Move your infrastructure to the Azure public cloud to run you SQL Server instances with execution and Management by Datapipe.
  • Transition to DBaaS with Azure SQL: With Azure SWL, Microsoft manages your infrastructure. Datapipe database experts can help you transition to Database as a Service.
  • Hosted Migration to SQL Server 2014: Datapipe SQL Server experts migrate your 2005 to a dedicated infrastructure environment hosted by Datapipe with ongoing management.

Beyond 2005 EOL, it’s an excellent time to upgrade to Microsoft SQL 2014. According to BizTech’s Alan Joch, “moving to Microsoft SQL Server 2014 can actively boost performance of essential business applications and enhance availability and disaster recovery, security and compliance as well as scalability and support.” Also, a recent Forrester Research study found that companies that upgraded to a more modern SQL Server saw returns on their investment in less than a year, thanks to performance and reliability improvements that reduce management and resource costs. Not to mention SQL Server’s close integration with Microsoft’s Azure cloud services means that databases can be virtualized, consolidated, and scaled across the cloud to maximize performance and reduce costs.

We’ve partnered with Microsoft to ensure clients have all the resources they need to plan their migrations, no matter what infrastructure configuration a client requires. A managed cloud database platform built on SQL Server 2014 delivers breakthrough mission-critical performance, high levels of security and standards compliance, and enables you to rapidly capitalize on changing business conditions. For more information about how we can assist in your business modernization plans, visit our website:

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