What does end of support mean?
Basically, there are no more security updates, which is bad news for any IT professional. Not only could compliance become an issue, with cyberattacks becoming more sophisticated and frequent, you’ll want to protect your server in ways that 2008 products (Windows/SQL) just aren’t capable of. That’s what makes an upgrade or migration so important.
Should you upgrade or migrate?
If you’re using Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2 or SQL Server 2008, you should consider either upgrading your server to the latest version or migrating to the cloud with Microsoft Azure.
If you need to keep your Windows Server 2008/R2 on-premise, you will need to upgrade to Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 before you can upgrade to the more recent Windows Server 2016 or 2019. However, not every older operating system has a pathway to every newer version. Ultimately, migration might be the best solution. Since every workload is different, having your architecture and machine properly evaluated by OneNeck IT Solutions can help avoid any potential issues.
If you’d prefer to migrate your Windows Server 2008 or SQL Server 2008 off-premise to the cloud, Azure is an optimal solution for migration because it has familiar features, lowers your TCO and is fully managed. It enables you to seamlessly lift and shift server applications to Azure without making changes to your code. And, it provides a portfolio of migration tools that can help you choose the right mix of cloud and on-premises solutions for your business. Other benefits include:
- Increased business innovation with Azure SQL Database, Azure App Service and Azure laaS
- Reduce infrastructure costs
- Free security updates
- Meet compliance with the most certificates of any cloud provider
- Protection against sophisticated cyberthreats with secure cloud foundation
While you could likely handle a migration on your own, without a deeper knowledge of Azure and a thorough analysis of your systems, things can go wrong. OneNeck IT Solutions can help make migrations efficient and stress-free. The important first step of your migration is a thorough evaluation, understanding the architecture and any interdependencies that exist.
“Many organizations don’t have the skills, expertise or time to drive a successful cloud migration all on their own. Working with partners that specialize in cloud migration can make the difference in ensuring that your migration is successful. Cloud migration specialists can help you identify opportunities, create a detailed plan and choose the right cloud solution providers.”
- Scott Morley, Principal Application Architect, OneNeck IT Solutions
Leveraging OneNeck IT Solutions Azure Cloud Services will give you proactive, enhanced 24/7 monitoring, internal staff flexibility to focus on important projects and hybrid capabilities that optimize workloads across a variety of locations.
Our Managed Azure solutions include:
- Azure Compute—Virtual Machine (VM) and Operating System Management
- Azure Network Management—Networking and Connectivity
- Azure Backup and Restore Management
- Managed Database for SQL database installed on a VM
- Managed Storage
- OneNeck Monitoring and Management—OneNeck 24/7 operations, Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) best practices
With OneNeck IT Solutions, the process you may have been putting off will be easier than you think.
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