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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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SQL Server End of Life Perspective

This Could Be the Most Critical Event in Your Microsoft Ecosystem

by Rick Sabarese | 02.10.16

Extended support for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 ends April 12, 2016, but SQL Server 2016 will deliver big changes to performance enhancements.

Tags:AzureCloudHIPAAITMicrosoftPCISecuritySQL Server 2005SQL Server 2016Technology

End of the Road for SQL 2005

So Long SQL 2005

Don’t Let The Door Hit You On The Way Out

by Rick Sabarese | 02.08.16

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.

Tags:Cyber SecurityDell IDCMicrosoftSQL Server 2005

Windows 10 and VDI

Windows 10 and VDI: Time to Rethink Your Desktop Strategy

Four Important Steps to Your VDI Deployment

by Rick Sabarese | 01.28.16

Unlike versions past, Windows 10 is being touted for many things—from new mobile device management (MDM) and data protection features to helping enterprises better handle BYOD to across-the-board usability enhancements, including a major tweak to the Start menu and the addition of Cortana, Microsoft's popular digital assistant.

Tags:BYODMicrosoftMobile Device ManagementVDIVDI DeploymentVirtual desktop

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