SQL Server 2008? We say out with the old, in with the new

Here’s how to call time on aging databases, according to Pure Storage

Webcast Depending on your point of view, it’s the time of the year for new beginnings or finally facing up to reality.

Either way, it’s definitely not the time to be contemplating whether you can squeeze another year out of an aging version of SQL Server, whether it be 2008, 2012, or 2014.

It’s not just that, even with extended support, you’re leaving your infrastructure increasingly fragile and vulnerable. You’re also denying your organisation the benefits of adopting new infrastructure and workflows.

But if 2021 really is the year to move on from the noughties, where do you start? And how do you negotiate the compliance or legacy issues that have held you back so far?

These were the questions considered by this recent webcast where the ever forward-looking Tim Phillips was joined by Melody Zacharias of Pure Storage to consider the statement: You need to upgrade your legacy SQL Server.

And there are few people better qualified to answer that question than Melody, who is senior Microsoft Solutions Manager at Pure Storage, a Microsoft MVP for the data platform, and the author of the Microsoft Press book SQL Server 2019 Administration.

She discussed the first steps you need to take to get on an upgrade path from the noughties and teens versions of SQL Server.

She also covered how to work around the blockers to achieving an in-place upgrade – both the technical sort and the more, er, colleague-shaped sort. And of course, she covered how Pure Storage can help when it comes to both on-premise, and hybrid clouds.

Luckily, unlike 2008, you can enjoy this webcast all over again, on catch-up, at your leisure. Just head over here, register and hit play. And get ready to say goodbye to the noughties for good.

Brought to you by Pure Storage.


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