Don't wait, start upgrading your SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 instances today!

Microsoft ends extended support for SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 on July 9, 2019. Based on the inventory of data from our current customers, a little over 60% of them still run SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 database servers! Don’t let your infrastructure and applications go unprotected. We’re here to help you migrate to current versions for greater security, performance, and innovation.

Our own Prabhat Varma got together with Buck Woody from Microsoft, to talk about why you should consider upgrading SQL Server 2008. Check out our video playlist below highlighting the three key reasons which include:

  • SQL Server BI & Analytics – Built for the Future with Machine Learning Services, Power BI, and Microsoft Azure integration
  • SQL Server Cost Savings – Discussing solutions and pathways to significantly lower the costs of running SQL Server
  • SQL Server Security – While 2008 and 2008 R2 were very secure, we discuss potential risks and the benefits of upgrading.

Getting Started

Running on older versions of SQL Server comes at a cost of supportability and over licensing. Moreover, you will be missing out on the latest built-in SQL Server features for performance and security. This is why the SQL Server upgrade and modernization projects are really important for your organization.

You may want to take advantage of the latest or at least supported versions of SQL Server. Having a programmatic approach to upgrading your applications and databases is critical to keeping your business running. At DB Best Technologies, we have a 12-step approach for upgrade projects based on our proven Migration Methodology.

The easiest way to get engaged is to perform analysis/assessment of the existing applications (including databases, software, hardware, etc.) and come up with a roadmap on how to modernize these applications in a fast, cost-effective, and reliable way. We’ve used our modernization methodology and automated tools (internal and third-party) combined with our manual efforts and best practices to deliver hundreds of successful projects to customers worldwide.

Upgrade destinations

Upgrading your legacy SQL Server databases doesn’t always means just increasing the version number. You can start using your SQL Server workloads from a clean sheet after the upgrade. For example, you can opt for increasing the performance, reducing operational costs, or even changing the platform where your SQL Server databases run. Consider upgrading your SQL Server databases to the Azure cloud or switching to the open-source Linux platform to run your secondary replicas. Or you can even take advantage of powerful DataON Windows Server Hyper-Converged Infrastructure solutions.

SQL Server Database Upgrade with DB Best

See how DB Best can help you upgrade your aging Microsoft SQL Server software so that you can take advantage of the greatest features of the latest SQL Server versions, including high availability, disaster recovery, and others.

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Blog posts

Faster, Cheaper, Better: Upgrade SQL Server 2008 NOW
17 July 2018 Bill Ramos

So Long, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 I think that you’re supposed to know when it’s time to say goodbye. - Judy Sheindlin We get it. You’ve been running your SQL Server 2008 for te...

DB Best upgrades a leading telecom company's SQL Server 2000 and 2005 databases
11 November 2016 Bill Ramos

Upgrading SQL Server can be a complicated and nuanced operation, it can’t be simply performed with a few mouse clicks. In many ways, upgrading SQL Servers follows a similar process t...

Automated sniffing technology of upgrading the unsupported SQL Server versions
16 May 2017 Stanislav Andrenko

Our customer needed a way to upgrade their unsupported SQL Server databases to newer versions of SQL Server. The major challenge was that they didn’t have visibility into their syste...

Taking advantage of Always On Availability Groups while upgrading your SQL Server
12 June 2017 Andrey Ivanov

One of the largest US national credit unions needed to upgrade their obsolete SQL Server database to take advantage of the latest Always On Availability Groups offerings. We came up wi...

How the detailed modernization roadmap helped reduce the number of servers in the data center by 96%
22 June 2017 Stanislav Andrenko

A major American provider of global eCommerce solutions was looking for a way to upgrade their extensive data processing system. We provided them with visibility into their system and ...

12 sure steps to SQL Server upgrade success
2 August 2016 admin

Upgrade and modernization projects for SQL Server should not be taken lightly. You might want to take advantage of the latest versions of SQL Server 2016. You might need to take your a...

Optimizing your SQL Server upgrade projects with Database Compare Suite
20 September 2016 Bill Ramos

Often at DB Best as part of our SQL Server 2005 upgrade efforts, a complex upgrade can sometimes take weeks to move into production. During that time, a DBA or application developer ma...

Top three challenges to overcome upgrading SQL Server 2005
17 May 2016 Bill Ramos

SQL Server 2005 is now officially out of support. So, what are you waiting for? At DB Best Technologies, we've seen three key customer challenges that organizations have when running S...

Tracking down discontinued SQL syntax with SQL Sniffer and Replayer
24 August 2016 Bill Ramos

Do you still have SQL Server 2000 database servers running in your organization? Do you have SQL Server 2008 R2 or older database servers running with databases using compatibility lev...

Virtualization and consolidation of SQL Servers during a complex database system upgrade
31 July 2017 Andrey Ivanov

One of the largest US national energy suppliers wanted to upgrade their SQL Server system and deploy it on VMware. As a consulting partner, we offered a new architecture for their vir...

5 essentials to learn about your data platform with DBMSys
28 September 2016 admin

DBMSys is a lightweight tool designed by DB Best specifically around collecting data from multiple environments to help develop a business case for a modernization to upgrade path. The...

Getting the most out of a comprehensive database health check for SQL Server
22 August 2017 Andrey Ivanov

One of our public sector customers was using a distributed SQL Server 2016 database system and was considering an upgrade to unite the servers in one data center, or even a move to the...

Server consolidation and virtualization for optimizing SQL Server licensing expenses
9 November 2017 Andrey Ivanov

One of the leading US agricultural suppliers wanted to upgrade their SQL Server system in order to reduce their overall SQL Server licensing expenses. We performed a thorough financial...

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SQL Server 2017 on Linux Datasheet
20 July 2018 Stanislav Andrenko

Customers running Linux have been stuck with open-source databases like MySQL and PostgreSQL for years and are looking for a platform that can grow with their on-premises, cloud, and h...

SQL Server Database Upgrade Datasheet
30 August 2018 Stanislav Andrenko

We get it: You’ve been running your SQL Server 2008/R2 for ten years now, and its performance has made you very happy. It’s been as steady as a rock and helped guide your business ...

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