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    Microsoft Servers Next steps:
    SQL Server 2008

    Support for SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 will end on July 9, 2019.

    That means you'll no longer receive security updates, you could run into compliance issues with industry regulations such as the GDPR, and you'll likely experience higher maintenance costs keeping legacy servers afloat. Now's the time to modernize your application stack, and Zones has three great options for doing just that:

    Migrate to Azure and receive free security updates.
    • Rehost your SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 with few or no application code changes in Azure SQL Database Managed Instance for a "version-free" platform.
    • Alternatively, move to Azure Virtual Machines to get three years of Extended Security Updates at no additional charge and upgrade to a newer version when ready.
    • Use existing licenses and save up to 55% with Azure Hybrid Benefit.
    Upgrade on-premises and stay protected.
    • Upgrade to SQL Server 2017 for greater security, performance, availability, and innovation with cloud analytics.
    • For continued protection beyond the deadline, buy up to three years of Extended Security Updates – cover only the workloads you need while you upgrade.
    Design a hybrid cloud solution.
    • Reduce recovery times and rebound quickly from database outages with hybrid backup and disaster recovery in SQL Server.
    • Scale easily – dynamically stretch cold transactional data from SQL Server 2017 to Azure with Stretch Database.
    • Lower costs by developing, testing, and running workloads in the cloud.
    • Simplify maintenance and maximize performance, reliability, and data protection with Azure SQL Database.
    • Maintain control of your on-premises and cloud data with common management tools.