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Microsoft SQL Server

Life After "SQL-mageddon"

Prepare for Your Migration in Four Steps

by Lane Shelton | 03.10.16

With the official end of life looming (RIP, April 12, 2016) for the up to 2 million-plus servers running some form of Microsoft’s popular relational database management system, SQL Server 2005, putting in place a migration plan is not optional—it’s a must. For most, staying with Microsoft represents the least painful alternative, although this is not without its challenges. In addition to the current successor, SQL Server 2014, other options include SQL Server 2012, the eventually-to-be-released SQL Server 2016 or Azure SQL Database (cloud). Read on for the four steps to a successful SQL migration that should be top of mind.

Tags:AzureMicrosoftSQL ServerSQL Server 2005SQL Server 2014

SQL Server 2016: The Buzz Beyond Security

Key upgrade drivers to consider when planning for life after SQL Server 2005

by Jonathan Clark | 03.08.16

The highlights of the newest version of Microsoft’s SQL Server 2016 take security and visibility upgrades of earlier versions and move toward availability, simplicity, and consistency. With only a few days to go before the end of support for SQL Server 2005, IT professionals are talking a lot about upgrades. While security is an important factor to consider, other improved features bring a lot to the table for SQL Server 2016 in Microsoft’s quest to meet the needs of today’s modern business.

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Microsoft SQL Server

What End of Support for SQL Server 2005 Means for You

Don’t Put Your Data at Risk

by Lane Shelton | 03.01.16

For five years, Microsoft’s SQL Server 2005 has been in its extended support phase, but its end of life is near, which can pose security risks to an organization. The primary risk to not upgrading before the deadline is that there will be no more updates or security hot fixes. “Unless the organization has a costly support contract with Microsoft, they’re on their own when it comes to updates and protection,” said Steve Ragan, senior staff writer for CSO Online.

Tags:ComplianceHealthcare ITMicrosoftSecuritySQL Server 2005SQL Server 2016

SQL Server 2005 End of Life: What's Next?

Know Your Options for Moving On

by Lane Shelton | 02.18.16

With just a short amount of time to go until Microsoft officially kills off SQL Server 2005—i.e., no more hotfixes or security updates—the installed base of 800,000 to more than 2 million servers running the venerable relational database management system will need a replacement. The question is which way to go: SQL Server 20XX, cloud, hybrid, or something else?

Tags:AzureMicrosoftSecuritySQL

Supersize Your Windows 10 Advantage

6th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors Open Up a World of Opportunity

by Dave Olivier | 02.16.16

Considering an upgrade to Microsoft Windows 10 for your desktop and mobile devices? There are plenty of reasons why you should. You’ll receive a richer end-user computing experience with features like the Cortana personal digital assistant and biometric technology—such as Windows Hello—to eliminate the hassle of juggling multiple passwords.

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