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SQL Server 2008 end of support

Protecting your business

On 9th July 2019, SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 will reach the end of its support lifecycle.

If your organisation is still using SQL Server 2008 or 2008 R2 and you don’t take action, you will no longer receive security updates or patches for your SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 databases. This puts your organisation’s data at risk from cyberattacks and potentially breaches compliance regulations, resulting in significant legal and financial implications. We can help you manage these risks by upgrading your services on premise or migrating to Azure.

How C5 will help you

Protecting your business

At C5 we have nine Microsoft gold competencies meaning we are ‘best of breed’ and offer the highest level of service and Microsoft technology for the benefit of our clients. Following our ‘Advise, Build, Run’ framework, we can assess your requirements to develop an end of support strategy that can be implemented and managed beyond the deadlines.

With extensive experience in providing end-to-end lifecycle management of Microsoft services we can develop solutions to avoid compliance and security risks. Work with C5 to digitally transform your organisation through the modernisation of your existing infrastructure.

Microsoft Gold Partner with 9 gold competencies


We identify and inventory applications and server roles on your current SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 environments. We then analyse each workload in order to determine the best path – upgrade or migration.


We can migrate your SQL Server estate to Azure or upgrade your current on-premise server to the latest version.


<p”>We can offer database administration services to maximise productivity and allow your IT team to focus on driving your business forward.

C5 Advise, Build, Run


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    SQL Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server 2008 end of support moved out of extended support on the 9th July 2019. They will no longer receive security updates. Without patching your data will be at increased risk from cyberattacks.

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    Increased security risks can lead to your organisation being non-compliant with internal policy or regulatory requirements. Non-compliance can have significant legal and financial implications for your business with the risk of a loss of reputation or damaged relationships with your customers. Industry and government regulations and standards, such as GDPR and PCI DSS, require organisations to use supported platforms.


Upgrade on-premise environments

Our SQL specialists can upgrade your organisation’s SQL Server 2008 instances to a newer version of SQL for greater security, performance, availability and innovation.

Migrate to Azure

We can re-host your servers to an Azure SQL Database Managed Instance providing a ‘version-free’ platform. We can also migrate your workloads to Azure virtual machines which will give you access to extended security updates for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 for three years after the end of support. With nine Microsoft gold competencies we have the breadth and depth in our skills to re-host or migrate your SQL Servers.

Extended updates

While the recommended option is to upgrade or migrate, if you have Software Assurance or an Enterprise Agreement (EA) then you can purchase Extended Security Updates. However, Microsoft charges a premium for this.

For more information about how C5 Alliance can develop your end of support strategy get in touch: Email or call +44 1534 633733

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