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Beyond end-of-support: Seeing value in modernization 

This post was authored by Tiffany Wissner, Senior Director, Product Marketing. Today is the last day of extended support for SQL Server 2005. Starting tomorrow, companies running SQL Server 2005 will no longer receive security updates or hotfixes from Microsoft. We started on this journey eighteen months ago, with our first discussion on the end...Read more

Time is running out: Upgrade SQL Server 2005 now 

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...Read more

Planning an efficient upgrade from SQL Server 2005: Step 3 of 3 

Step 3: Identify your upgrade strategy As the end-of-support deadline for SQL Server 2005 draws near (April 12, 2016), you are probably starting to think about your upgrade strategy. Upgrading SQL Server is a multistage effort that takes time. Planning your SQL Server upgrade early will help you save money and prevent unnecessary business interruptions....Read more

Planning an efficient upgrade from SQL Server 2005: Step 1 of 3 

Step 1: Discover what’s in your database environment Upgrading a database can seem daunting. Fortunately, Microsoft offers exceptional tools and support to help you smoothly upgrade from SQL Server 2005 to SQL Server 2014 and Microsoft Azure SQL Database before the end-of-support deadline on April 12, 2016. In this series of three blog posts, we’ll...Read more

Top 10 reasons to upgrade from SQL Server 2005 

April 12, 2016, is an important date for organizations still running SQL Server 2005. That’s the day Microsoft extended support ends. And although next year may seem like a long way off, this year is the time to implement a plan to upgrade your aging technology to Microsoft SQL Server 2014. Not convinced an upgrade...Read more

SQL Server 2005 support ends April 2016 – Here’s why that’s a good thing 

Now’s the perfect time to deploy Microsoft SQL Server 2014. Sure, it enables faster data processing and performance, but that’s just the beginning. If ensuring business-critical performance, maintaining security and compliance, and optimizing your data infrastructure are important to you, Microsoft has the tools and resources to support your migration from SQL Server 2005.  ...Read more

SQL Server 2005 support ends April 2016. Are you ready? 

Don’t get caught off-guard. Upgrading to Microsoft SQL Server 2014 helps you maintain security and compliance, gain faster data insights, and optimize your data infrastructure—all using familiar tools you already know and trust. Be prepared when extended support for SQL Server 2005 ends. Protect your data with a thoughtful upgrade plan and mitigate cost and...Read more

Still running SQL Server 2005? Now is the time to upgrade 

Can you believe it’s been 10 great years since SQL Server 2005 was released? Extended support for this offering will end on April 12, 2016. Before support ends, you’ll need a plan for migrating remaining instances of SQL Server 2005. But, why wait to migrate when you have an opportunity to provide new value to...Read more