How to Approach Windows Server and SQL Server 2012 End of Support

How to Approach Windows Server and SQL Server 2012 End of Support

Maintaining security on servers and databases is a must to avoid problems and be vulnerable to new cyber threats.

In the current context, where cybercrime is at an all-time high, with an accumulated cost of 1.4 billion dollars for companies, security is not an option.

The FCA’s Cyber ​​and Technology Resilience Report reveals that nearly half of companies fail to update or dispose of end-of-life assets within a reasonable time frame.

Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 are close to being out of support, more specifically as of October 10, 2023. On the other hand, the SQL Server 2012 version has been out of support since July 2022.

Keep in End-of-life corporate infrastructure systems carry significant risks, as these systems will no longer receive regular security updates and will become gateways for cybercriminals.

How to upgrade Windows Server and SQL Server? What options exist?

We have 3 ways to approach this situation:

  • Upgrade with a full modernization: We can see aging systems as an opportunity to modernize servers and transform the application from the ground up with cloud services.
  • Upgrade and change technology: We can see outdated systems as an opportunity to migrate servers and applications to the cloud, without significant changes to the underlying application and infrastructure.
  • Upgrade without changing our technology: We can continue to invest in existing on-premises infrastructure and upgrade as needed.

Let’s look at the different scenarios in more detail:

Transform our infrastructure in Azure.

In this scenario, we will make significant changes to infrastructure and applications, with the integration of modern cloud services, that will allow us to increase the efficiency of workloads and processes by modernizing the architecture.

Lift&Shift migration to Azure of our servers.

In this scenario, we are going to perform a migration of the servers and applications as we currently have them in our infrastructure, although always after validating their viability to be migrated to Azure. In this way, we will obtain free ESU licenses (Extended Support Update), which will allow us to extend support for a period of 3 years, taking advantage of working in the cloud.

Migrate and upgrade servers in Azure.

In this scenario we are going to perform an update of the operating systems in Azure, creating new servers with the updated versions and then migrating the information and applications as we currently have them in our infrastructure. In this way, we update our systems and at the same time obtain cost savings compared to on-premise infrastructure.

Invest in our On-premise facilities.

Finally, if we choose to continue investing in our physical infrastructure, we have two courses of action. On the one hand, we can update our servers to newer versions with active support. We recommend not to update to version 2022, but to 2019. On the other hand, we can purchase an ESU license to maintain support for an extended time.

Modernize IT infrastructure with services.

We’ve already seen the importance of keeping corporate systems up to date and the options we have to approach Windows Server and SQL Server 2012 End of Support.

At services, we have experience in modernizing corporate IT infrastructures with cloud solutions. Do not hesitate to contact us to evaluate your situation and the different scenarios.

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