Less than one month remains before support ends for SQL Server 2005 on April 12, 2016. If you’re still using this version or other legacy versions of SQL Server, there’s never been a better time to upgrade to SQL Server 2014 and Microsoft Azure SQL Database to safeguard your business and reap all the benefits of a modern data platform.
With just a few weeks remaining, we wanted to remind you of the many resources available to help you make the move:
Understand the process
Read our blog post series for a full description of the upgrade process:
- Step One: Understand and map out your database and its dependencies.
- Step Two: Target the destination for each application and workload.
- Step Three: Identify your upgrade strategy.
Visit the SQL Server 2005 End of Support page for detailed information on planning and executing the migration, along with options for your new database strategy.
Understand the benefits
- Download the white paper, Migrating from SQL Server 2005.
- Download the data sheet to see what you have to gain by upgrading to Microsoft SQL Server 2014.
Plan your upgrade
- Assess your IT environment with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit.
- Get started yourself with the SQL Server 2014 Upgrade Technical Guide.
- Work with Microsoft Services or a Microsoft partner to assist you in your upgrade and planning.
- Don’t forget that SQL Server 2005 Express will run out of support too. Check out this video series for help with your Express upgrades.
Microsoft’s deep commitment to this industry leading technology continues with the availability of the release candidate for SQL Server 2016, the biggest leap forward in Microsoft’s data platform history. SQL Server 2016 will include real-time operational analytics, rich visualizations on mobile devices, built-in advanced analytics, new advanced security technology, and new hybrid cloud scenarios.
See what’s coming in SQL Server 2016.