Technology grows rapidly in past two decades. New computer uses advanced hardware and support, including server and database program. Anything installed ten year ago turns into the old tech for nowadays. That’s what happens on SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2. As you know, both are the technology that Windows Server 2008 used. However, the support is no longer available after extended update period reaches time limit. In this case, SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 is completely without support for future utilization. So, is it possible to keep SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2? The question will be answered in below explanation.
The End Support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2
The software has unique characteristic because it’s different from other services. Developer uses hardware as reference before developing new software. In term of network and database, SQL is not new thing because it turns into standard protocol. SQL server is software and technology that works on particular hardware. It is a part of Windows server to handle database, traffic, and other needs. Therefore, development of SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will consider what users have to access server and hardware for server’s installation.
However, Microsoft has policy regarding product life cycle. When released SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2, the support will be available for next ten years. Two supports are available, mainstream and extended. Both supports use five year period. The mainstream one is five year after official release and followed by extended one. Keep in mind that the support is not based on customer purchasing date. If you buy this service in 2011, the support still follows product life cycle since released data. That’s important thing to understand regarding Microsoft product.
What is the mainstream support? It is regular update, such as patch that users get each year or at particular month. Regular update means your software will improve when the patch is installed. However, it does not change the entire system.
On the other side, extended support is similar to previous one. The update starts not in regular period because the development is no longer in priority list. Microsoft still keeps in touch to old SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2, but not part of further development. That’s why after mainstream support, only few updates that are available.
For your information, the extended support is no longer available after July 2019. There is still to time to overcome this situation. Microsoft offers migration, and upgrades it to new system. It is part of advancing technology in order to make better network and environment. Users have right to choose whether to stay or move. However, having recent SQL Server is the best choice.
The upgrade seems to be the only way because SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 cannot fulfill the latest data and activity. After the support period is due, anything happens related to vulnerability, and cyber-attack is no longer Microsoft responsibility. That’s what you will face if you still stay in this technology. In this case, migrating is inevitable to keep you update in latest technology.