The end has come for Microsoft’s highly popular SQL Server 2008 and “end of life” is rapidly approaching for Windows Server 2008, as well. Microsoft has already stopped support (on July 9, 2019) for SQL 2008 and 2008 R2; and will stop support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2, as well as Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. You can get more information by visiting the web pages linked below.
SQL 2008 and 2008 R2 – July 9, 2019 – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sql-server/sql-server-2008
Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2– 1/14/20 – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/cloud-platform/windows-server-2008
Windows 7 – 1/14/20 – https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/windowsforbusiness/end-of-windows-7-support
The end of support means the end of regular security updates. At a time when cyberattacks are increasing in frequency and sophistication, you will be taking significant risks if you continue to run apps and store data on an unsupported server.
Which is the best alternative for your company? It depends on your current applications and plans for the future. We recommend getting in touch with your IT provider, or contacting Blue Cow Software technical support at (888) 499-2583 to discuss the direction that will be most beneficial and efficient for your needs.