You’ve probably heard about SQL Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 and Exchange Server 2010 hitting end of life. A lot of our clients are asking us what End-of-Support really means for them and their business? The answer requires an understanding of Microsoft’s product lifecycle. All Microsoft products have a 10-year lifecycle. The first five years is called mainstream support and that’s where you are going to get things such as new features, security updates, and non-security updates. The second five years is called extended support where you are going to receive security updates and non-security updates. During this time there is no additional product feature functionality added to the product.
Important End-of-Support dates you need to be aware of:
July 9th, 2019 – SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2
January 14th, 2020 – Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7, and Exchange Server 2010
We work with a lot of clients that have compliance concerns. To meet these requirements, organizations must make sure that their security is up-to-date to reduce risks and exposure to security vulnerabilities.
Organizations from the smallest of the SMBs to the largest of enterprises should focus on innovation. These products were launched from 2008 to 2010, in the pre-cloud era (very dark times back then). Now with the Intelligent Cloud and Intelligent Edge, it’s crucial to use systems and technologies that embrace the cloud and all of its capabilities, something that those older versions weren’t initially designed for.
What can you do to make sure you’re ready? Check out Red Level’s webinar on Microsoft End of Support, where you can learn about the transition road maps you can use to upgrade your tech.