Microsoft is pushing hard for organizations to upgrade to new products, showcasing the newest servers with better security, improved performance and high availability features. End of support is a headache for most CIOs and IT departments because it means replacing and/or upgrading hardware and software. Some departments tend to delay the inevitable disruption and replacement (and the associated costs), but it has to be done to make sure that your organization stays secure.
Many firms have already been doing Microsfot Server 2003 upgrades since the end of support of that product in July of 2015. So this means, if you have been doing 2003 upgrades, you likely have replaced Microsoft SQL server 2005 already. Microsoft Server 2003 upgrades have made IT departments take a look at everything in their environment and many have done system wide upgrades because of this, including SQL Server 2005.
If you haven’t already upgraded your Microsoft SQL Server 2005, it is important to complete this before there are no more security updates available. The lack of support for SQL Server 2005 can cause problematic impacts on security and compliance. HIPAA and PCI compliance both require updated patch databases; along with updated operating systems. So if you are using the 2005 version, you will be out of compliance come April.
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For Microsft SQL Server 2005 customers, there are several options for upgrading: SQL Server 2012, 2014, and 2016. There is also Microsoft Azure SQL Database available. To learn more about the Microsoft SQL Server 2005 End of Support, check out their dedicated Microsoft Page.
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