On April 12, 2016 Microsoft will officially kill off SQL Server 2005, and while the relational database management system has had a very good run—IDC estimates 800,000 servers are still running SQL Server 2005—enough is enough already. The world has changed drastically over the last decade and Redmond’s Database Management System (DBMS) must make way for the next generation. With explosive data growth, new data types, new demands, and new threats, business as usual is not an option.
Help, I’m Drowning in Data!
A recent Dell
survey found that while 25% of respondents are running more than 500 databases each, more than 72% are running mission-critical data on SQL Server. More than 85% are using Microsoft’s DBMS in total.