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SQL Server End of Life


This chart roughly depicts the SQL Server Life Cycle, and end of life support for different SQL Server versions.  It is not drawn to scale, but it still delivers a message.  Where do your applications stand in the life cycle?  If you are like most organizations, you have some of each version somewhere in the enterprise.  Let’s talk about levels of support.  The Green line indicates full mainstream support which includes service packs, bug fixes and security patches.  The Yellow line indicates extended support.  Extended support is essentially “Security Patches” only.  The Red dot indicates an “out of support” scenario which means that you will most likely not pass an audit.

Let’s discuss what each version means for you today (Summer 2013).

  • SQL 2000 – Already Dead.  Do whatever you can to upgrade or to rip/replace the system.  If there is a security flaw, there is no patch available.
  • SQL 2005 – Almost Dead. Better here than on SQL 2000, but in about 2.5 years, any system on SQL 2005 will be like SQL 2000 is today.
  • SQL 2008/2008R2 – You are good for one year in mainstream support.  Many organizations have the bulk of their systems here today.  Migrating to SQL 2012 over this coming year makes a lot of sense to keep in compliance and stay on a supported version of SQL Server.
  • SQL 2012 – Current Version. If most of your systems are on SQL 2012 today, you have another 4 years of support.
  • SQL 2014 – Coming in early 2014.  Supported Life projected until 2019.

There are tools out there to help you upgrade from one version to another such as Upgrade Advisor from Microsoft.  Scalability also has a tool called Upgrade Assistant for SQL Server which is available from our web site.  And SE may also be engaged to assist your team with the upgrade process.  Contact your SE rep today for more details.

To learn more about upgrading or migrating to SQL Server, please view our SQL Server 2012 Solution Page.


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