Avoid business disruptions and seize the opportunity to modernize and transform your business
Don’t let the end of support for Windows Server and SQL Server 2008 sneak up on you—the potential impact to security and costs are too important. Avoid business disruptions and use this as an opportunity to adopt the most current security and innovation technologies.
Extended support for SQL Server and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 is coming to an end respectively on July 9, 2019 and January 14, 2020 which may expose you to security attacks or failure to meet compliance standards such as GDPR.
What does the end of support mean?
No security updates: There will be no access to critical security updates, opening the potential for business interruptions.
Without security updates you may fail to comply with standards and regulations that can seriously hamper your ability to:
- Protect against hackers, malware with root access to machines, man in the middle scenarios, and government subpoenas
- Securely purge for customer data, leaving it vulnerable to access by outside parties
- Utilize E2E data protection across SQL Server and frequently used together services
As support ends, your organization may fail to meet to meet compliance standards and industry regulations.
- Avoid GDPR compliance issues, penalties, fines
- Critical security updates are key to maintaining compliance
- Failure to be compliant can lead to business complications, penalties and fines across several industries.
Regulatory compliance standards may no longer be met at end of support, such as PCI-DSS for credit card transactions, HIPAA for medical patient privacy, GLBA for financial institutions, GDPR for companies who do business in the EU
Note that Microsoft SQL based technology supports GDPR security compliance in the 4 phases
- Discover: identify what personal data you have and where it resides
- Protect: establish security controls to prevent, detect, and respond to vulnerabilities and data breaches
- Control: manage how personal data is used and accessed.
- Report: action data subjects requests and keep required documentation
What you should do?
Consider Migrate to Azure and Upgrade to latest version Windows Server 2016 or 2019 (coming soon to CSP) and SQL Server 2017
You can use existing licenses and get big on Azure with Azure Hybrid benefits.