Microsoft SQL Server 2005 end of life is quickly approaching.  Microsoft will reach end of support on April 12th, 2016.  Just as we have recently seen support end for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, it is now time to say goodbye to SQL Server 2005.

What Does End of Support Mean?

Microsoft’s support lifecycle has two distinct phases including mainstream support and extended support. Each phase lasts roughly 5 years for a total of 10 years of support for the product. When a product is in mainstream support Microsoft provides feature patches/updates, technical support, and security hot fixes. But when the support lifecycle enters extended support Microsoft no longer provides feature patches/updates and only provides technical support and security hot fixes. Finally, once a product reaches the end of extended support Microsoft will no longer provide technical support or security hot fixes.

In specific cases Microsoft does offer custom support agreements at hefty price. For example, the UK Government is paying Microsoft roughly 5.5 million pounds to support Windows XP for an additional 12 months. For most of us this approach will not be an option.

What are the Risks?

While it may be easy to rationalize why you don’t need to upgrade legacy SQL Server 2005 deployments, it is important to take into account the risks and possible costs.

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SQL Server 2005 end of life is here. The push is on to migrate to newer editions. #cdwsolutionsblog

How can CDW Help?

CDW has the experts to help you modernize your SQL Server environment. Through our planning and design engagements we can recommend the best approach for upgrade, migration, and consolidation to ensure your future state environment will meet your business requirements. For more information see the CDW SQL Server homepage and ask your CDW Account Manager how we can help.

Stay Tuned…

In the coming weeks we will be delivering additional posts on the CDW Solutions Blog to discuss options for upgrading, walk through an example upgrade, and discuss some of the great capabilities you can leverage in newer versions of SQL Server.