Prepare for Windows Server 2008 end of support

Genesis Business Systems Blog

On January 14, 2020, support for Windows Server 2008 R2 will end.

That means the end of regular security updates. Don't let your infrastructure and applications go unprotected. We're here to help you migrate to current versions for greater security, performance and innovation.

Extended Security Updates after end of support for Windows Server and SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2

If you’re running Windows Server 2008 R2 or SQL Server 2008, these versions are reaching the end of their support life cycle. End of support means the end of security updates, which can cause security and compliance issues and put applications and business at risk. We recommend upgrading to current versions for the most advanced security, performance, and innovation.

Option 1 - Migrate your workloads to Azure

Running current versions of software enables you to benefit from the latest security, performance, and innovation features, as well as regular security updates. If you cannot upgrade to the latest version before the deadline, however, re host workloads in Azure and Security Updates at no additional charge.

Gain these benefits:

  • More time to modernise on your terms.
  • Security built into Azure, plus more than 70 compliance certifications.

Use your existing Windows Server and SQL Server licenses to save on Azure Virtual Machines and Azure SQL Database Managed Instance with the Azure Hybrid Benefit.

Option 2 - Secure on-premises; plan for hybrid

If you cannot upgrade on-premises servers before the deadline, get peace of mind by buying Extended Security Updates for your servers running Windows Server or SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2.

  • Gain more time to complete your upgrade process.
  • Upgrade to an operating system and data platform designed specifically for hybrid data centre scenarios: Windows Server 2016 and SQL Server 2017 editions.
  • Customers can buy Extended Security Updates for three years after end of support. Eligibility requires active Software Assurance or Subscription licenses under an Enterprise Agreement.
  • Customers pay for only the servers they need to cover annually, which enables them to reduce costs as they upgrade.

How can we help?

Don’t leave it until support ends to think about what to do, start researching your options now. Genesis can assist you with planning and help you create a schedule for the changeover.

We’d love to help you reap the benefits of a newer, more efficient system. Call 01482 210999 or email [email protected] to start the process.