Beyond end-of-support: Seeing value in modernization

This post was authored by Tiffany Wissner, Senior Director, Product Marketing. Today is the last day of extended support for SQL Server 2005. Starting tomorrow, companies running SQL Server 2005 will no longer receive security updates or hotfixes from Microsoft. We started on this journey eighteen months ago, with our first discussion on the end… Read more

Microsoft SQL Server Developer Edition is now free

This post was authored by Tiffany Wissner, Senior Director of Data Platform Marketing Exciting news! Starting today, SQL Server 2014 Developer Edition is now a free download for Visual Studio Dev Essentials members (you will be prompted to sign in to Visual Studio Dev Essentials before you can download SQL Server 2014 Developer Edition). We… Read more

Time is running out: Upgrade SQL Server 2005 now

Less than one month remains before support ends for SQL Server 2005 on April 12, 2016. If you’re still using this version or other legacy versions of SQL Server, there’s never been a better time to upgrade to SQL Server 2014 and Microsoft Azure SQL Database to safeguard your business and reap all the benefits… Read more

Are you running SQL Server 2005 Express? (Are you sure?)

Only a few weeks remain before extended support for SQL Server 2005 ends. Although we’ve been talking about this for months, there’s a chance the April 12 end of support date will sneak up on you — if you’re one of thousands who are running SQL Server 2005 Express. SQL Server 2005 Express is a… Read more

Webcast: Upgrading and migrating SQL Server 2005 BI features to SQL Server 2014 and 2016

Please join us on February 3, at 10:00 am PST for a webinar on upgrading and migrating from SQL Server 2005 BI features to SQL Server 2014 and 2016 with guest speaker Paul Turley, SolidQ Mentor and MVP. The following is a post from Paul on why this is such an important topic. Register here… Read more

Planning an efficient upgrade from SQL Server 2005: Step 3 of 3

Step 3: Identify your upgrade strategy As the end-of-support deadline for SQL Server 2005 draws near (April 12, 2016), you are probably starting to think about your upgrade strategy. Upgrading SQL Server is a multistage effort that takes time. Planning your SQL Server upgrade early will help you save money and prevent unnecessary business interruptions…. Read more

Planning an efficient upgrade from SQL Server 2005: Step 2 of 3

Step 2: Target destinations for each application and workload As you know, the end of support deadline for SQL Server 2005 is on April 12, 2016. In this three- part blog series, we are discussing important steps to take as you plan your upgrade. In our last post, we walked through the importance of discovering… Read more

Planning an efficient upgrade from SQL Server 2005: Step 1 of 3

Step 1: Discover what’s in your database environment Upgrading a database can seem daunting. Fortunately, Microsoft offers exceptional tools and support to help you smoothly upgrade from SQL Server 2005 to SQL Server 2014 and Microsoft Azure SQL Database before the end-of-support deadline on April 12, 2016. In this series of three blog posts, we’ll… Read more

NTT Docomo uses SQL Server to handle billing system traffic data and improve customer service

To invest in the data platform technology that will serve the future of your business and allow it to grow, it’s crucial to have a deep understanding of the data driving your business strategy, as well as the data that will let you deliver on that strategy. This distinction is subtle, but important. A recent… Read more

Top 10 reasons to upgrade from SQL Server 2005

April 12, 2016, is an important date for organizations still running SQL Server 2005. That’s the day Microsoft extended support ends. And although next year may seem like a long way off, this year is the time to implement a plan to upgrade your aging technology to Microsoft SQL Server 2014. Not convinced an upgrade… Read more