As noted before in our March news article ‘END OF LIFE SUPPORT FOR WINDOWS SERVER 2003’, Microsoft plans to discontinue support for Windows Server 2003 on July, 14th 2015. With that date rapidly approaching it is time to look at the next EOL Support from Microsoft.
Organizations still have time to plan for the end of support for SQL Server 2005, which reaches the end of the extended support phase of its life cycle on April 12, 2016.
Microsoft reminds SQL Server 2005 customers that even though instances of the popular platform will continue to run beyond the end of life date, there will be no more hot fixes or updates to any problems that may arise. The time to plan a migration is now.
For those planning to upgrade SQL Server on-premises, Microsoft claims SQL Server 2005 can be upgraded in-place to SQL Server 2014 -- provided the former isn't a 32-bit edition of the product. SQL Server 2014 is bench marked at 13 times faster than SQL Server 2005.
Microsoft is offering a Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit to make this migration easier.
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