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SQL Server 2014 End of Support: What Are My Options?

SQL Server 2014 End of Support - SQL Server Licensing

Many organizations continue to rely on SQL Server 2014 for their core data management needs. However, a critical deadline is approaching: July 9th, 2024, marks the end of extended support for this version. This means the cessation of security updates and non-security fixes from Microsoft, leaving your data vulnerable and your infrastructure potentially outdated. At 365 Cloud Store, we understand the importance of maintaining robust data security and optimal performance, so in this article, we will guide you through the SQL Server 2014 end of support and the options you have to address this change.

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Why Upgrading Your SQL Server 2014 is Important

Continuing with an unsupported SQL Server version exposes you to significant risks and missed opportunities, such as:

  • Heightened security threats: Having no security updates leaves your data increasingly susceptible to evolving cyberattacks.
  • Performance limitations: Newer versions provide faster processing speeds and smoother operations.
  • Missed innovation: Modern features empower you to manage your data more effectively and gain valuable insights.

What Are My Options After the SQL Server 2014 End of Support?

Upgrade to the newest version, SQL Server 2022 (on-premises):

Enjoy the latest innovative features, strengthen your security posture, boost operational efficiency, and maintain control and flexibility. If you need to keep your data on premises for regulatory compliance or other business needs, this is a great option that allows you to still enjoy the advantages of a modern database platform.

Read more about SQL Licensing in the 365 Cloud Store SQL Server licensing guide.

Migrate to Azure SQL VM, Azure SQL, or SQL Managed Instance:

Migrate your data to Microsoft’s secure and reliable cloud platform. Leverage the power of Azure to streamline data access, improve disaster recovery capabilities, and benefit from virtually limitless scalability.

Read more about Team Venti’s SQL Services here.

Our sister brand, Team Venti’s Approach to SQL Server 2014 End of Support

  1. Conduct a thorough assessment of your business needs: We analyze your current infrastructure and data usage patterns to recommend the most suitable update path for your business, whether on-premises or cloud-based.
  2. Develop a comprehensive plan: If you are moving to the cloud, we meticulously plan the migration process to minimize downtime and disruption to your daily operations. If you opt for upgrading to SQL Server 2022, we assess your current licensing environment and recommend the best licensing options, so that you only pay for what you need.
  3. Execute the upgrade/migration with precision: Our team of experts will handle the entire process with expertise and Microsoft’s best practices, ensuring a smooth transition with minimal risks.

Team Venti’s services cover all stages from assessing and planning to deploying, optimizing, and maintaining your environment. But keep in mind that you don’t have to use our services for the whole journey; we can assist you at any stage you need.

Don’t wait until the last minute! Contact us today to discuss your upgrade options and safeguard your data for the future. Let’s work together to leverage the power of the latest SQL Server or the Azure cloud.

 

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