In this, the final post in this series for now, I'll focus on resources that will help you have the upgrade conversation with your customers who may be holding out as long as possible or unsure as to whether or not they really need to ugprade. These will be a variety of online and downloadable content, so you should be able to find something that helps you achieve your outcome.
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Microsoft SQL Server 2005 will reach the end of extended support on April 12, 2016. With the end of support, security updates and hotfixes will no longer be available from Microsoft. You know that unsupported software means increasing vulnerability to data issues and exposing other devices and applications of SQL Server to these same vulnerabilities.
If the idea of migration seems daunting, Directions on Microsoft's report: Migrating from SQL Server 2005, is packed full of information to help you plan your data platform upgrade. It breaks down the pros and cons of migration options and outlines the many benefits of SQL Server 2014, including:
- Business-critical performance: Business-critical applications with a new in-memory OLTP engine can deliver on average 10 times and up to 30 times transactional performance gains.
- Platform for hybrid cloud: Designed to work in a hybrid environment that spans on-premises and cloud solutions with Microsoft Azure.
- High availability: Greater uptime, faster failover, improved manageability, and better use of hardware resources.
Read the SQL Server 2014 and the Data Platform datasheet
Read Forrester’s Total Economic Impact of SQL Server 2014
Download the eBook Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2014, Technical Overview
Read the SQL Server 2014 Mission Critical Performance White Paper
Read The SQL Server 2005 upgrade datasheet
Read the SQL Server 2014 Upgrade Technical Guide
Read The SQL Server 2014 Express Technical Upgrade Guide
Related SQL Server Team Blog Posts
Six Benefits to Planning for SQL Server 2005 and Windows Server 2003 End of Support Now
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Planning an efficient upgrade from SQL Server 2005: Step 2 of 3
Planning an efficient upgrade from SQL Server 2005: Step 3 of 3
Interactive SQL Server Upgrade Targets Site