Microsoft SQL 2005 – which many organisations are still using – goes End of Life on April 12th 2016.

Since SQL underpins most companies’ software infrastructure, upgrading is essential. Those who do not upgrade will be left without an available solution for resolving critical security flaws and vulnerabilities. As a result, their organisation’s data integrity and security could be at serious risk.

Upgrading to Microsoft SQL 2014 would ensure that your data remains secure with security updates that are provided through the latest releases. Moreover,  Microsoft SQL 2014 is proven to run 13 times faster than the 2005 version; and the new software brings with it improvements in security, scalability, and high-availability.

However, upgrading to a newer version of Microsoft SQL will also likely require updating the existing hardware that supports the software. Now, therefore, is the perfect time to review your organisation’s current IT system and consider what the best solution is for you.

For example, this could present the ideal opportunity to move your SQL estate to the Cloud. Indeed, moving on-premise SQL Server applications to Azure is easy, and could help reduce datacentre costs and improve IT productivity.

Here at Trustmarque we have a proven track record in assisting companies with the successful migration from older versions of SQL, and we can manage the transition in whole or in part.

Additionally, as the licensing models for SQL have changed, our licensing experts can review any existing Microsoft Agreements and ensure that your organisation purchases SQL in the most cost-effective manner.

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