Does your business rely on Microsoft’s servers? Millions do, because Microsoft is the world’s most profitable software company, and people rely on their products to be useful and secure. But every so often Microsoft does retire older software that needs endless care and support. Two Microsoft server operating systems are due to be retired soon, and support will no longer be available: the SQL Server 2008 and the SQL Server 2008 R2. If your business uses this software you could face major problems unless you upgrade your SQL server now.

About the SQL Server

In technical terms, the Microsoft SQL is a relational database management system, or RDBMS. Its main use is for managing the storage and accessing of large quantities of data, with good security built in. Your business may use it to store various apps, such as your inventory management and CRM system, among other business applications.

If you have, or expected to have a lot of data then you might have opted for a RDBMS to manage your data. SQL Server is Microsoft’s Database Management Software, and it’s designed to integrate with the other applications many businesses use. Microsoft software, including database products, is on most enterprise servers world-wide. If you don’t want to find yourself at sea, then you don’t have much time left to upgrade your SQL server.

End of Life for the SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2

Microsoft ceased providing mainstream support for the 2008 versions of SQL server in July 2014. As of July 9, 2019 (five years exactly), Microsoft is pulling the plug completely. This is known as ‘end of life’. That means an upgrade is essential, if you haven’t done it already. If you don’t upgrade then you can expect problems, specifically major security issues and potential loss of your data.

It should be obvious that either of these things could be a major problem for your business. In a worst case scenario, your business could become completely non-functional – but even a less disastrous situation could do a lot of damage to your operations and reputation.

Available Options

With time getting short before SQL Server end of life kicks in, businesses need to move fast to upgrade their database management system in time. Quikteks offers solutions that will do more than shield you from the problems that the end of SQL Server could throw up. We can provide you with ways to completely change the way you see your business operations. In terms of integrations and intelligence, the RDBMS of 2019 is an enormous advance on the 2008 versions. You can opt to host your updated RDBMS locally, but another option is a cloud-hosted database that will speed up your business applications even more.

Whatever route you decide to go, you need to migrate and upgrade your SQL server by July 8, 2019 to keep your valuable data safe and secure. To see how we can assist your business with all the technology you need to succeed, call Quikteks today at (973) 882-4644.