Home windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2, in addition to SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2, are as a consequence of transfer out of prolonged assist over the subsequent few years; SQL Server in July 2019, and Home windows Server in January 2020. For organizations nonetheless utilizing that software program, this affords a couple of choices: preserve utilizing the software program and settle for that it will not obtain any extra safety updates, migrate to newer equivalents which can be nonetheless supported, or pay Microsoft for a customized assist contract to proceed to obtain safety updates past the cutoff dates.

Right this moment, Microsoft added a fourth possibility: migrate to Azure. Microsoft is extending the assist window by three years (till July 2022 for SQL Server, January 2023 for Home windows Server) for workloads hosted on Azure within the cloud. This prolonged assist signifies that clients that make the swap to the cloud will obtain one other three years of safety fixes. After these three years are up, clients might be again to the unique set of selections: be insecure, improve, or pay for a customized assist contract.

Microsoft is not requiring clients to exhibit that they’ve any type of migration plan in place, and this assist scheme incurs no further prices past these already imposed by working software program on Azure within the first place.

And to make that migration a bit simpler, Microsoft introduced that the final availability of Azure SQL Database Managed Cases goes to occur within the fourth quarter this yr. Managed Cases gives a programmatic and administration interface that is precisely equal to that of a standard, on-premises SQL Server occasion, albeit one the place upkeep of the underlying working system and database software program itself is dealt with by Microsoft. It is usually designed to make migration of legacy purposes to the cloud that bit easier.

Azure SQL Database, which is Microsoft’s present cloud database system, is similar to SQL Server, however has a lot of cloud-specific capabilities, comparable to the power to scale out utilizing elastic swimming pools. This implies it is not fairly a drop-in substitute for these purposes that had been designed for an on-premises set up. Managed Cases fills that hole.

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