What SQL Server 2005 End-of-Service Means for Your Business

Still running SQL Server 2005? As of April 12, Microsoft stopped supporting SQL Server 2005. This means it’s time to upgrade to SQL Server 2014, SQL Server 2016, or Azure SQL Database. If you don’t upgrade, your company may pay the price.

Here are four unintended consequences you may face if you don’t upgrade your SQL database:

  1. No critical security updates

Many critical security updates were released for SQL Server 2005. After April 12, no more updates will be developed or released, and this could make your business vulnerable to cyber-security attacks.

  1. No compliance updates

Companies that process credit card or industry regulated data may face non-compliance consequences. If your business handles credit payments, your revenue streams could be at risk.

  1. Higher maintenance costs

Maintaining outdated technology and taking additional measures to bring it up to today’s standards can quickly become expensive. Retaining old software will likely cost more in the end.

  1. The potential to lose customers

Forty-seven states now have security breach notification laws, meaning that businesses must immediately disclose a data breach to customers. If you are breached, how will this impact the integrity of your company?

If you are still running SQL Server 2005, consider upgrading to SQL Server 2014, SQL Server 2016, or Azure SQL Database. With any one of these databases, you have the power to achieve breakthrough performance, maintain security and compliance, and optimize your data platform infrastructure.

Make the most of SQL Server 2014 with this Microsoft Official Course: Updating your SQL Server Skills to Microsoft SQL Server 2014.

Visit Microsoft Business Hub to learn more about creating a successful migration plan.

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