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.