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The end-of-life for MS SQL Server 2005 is just six months away

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October 14, 2015

Software behemoth Microsoft is once again warning system admins that the end-of-life (EoL) date for its MS SQL Server 2005 is now just six months away.

The company sent out yesterday a reminder to customers that its ten-year-old database server edition will officially be considered out of support on April 12, 2016.

This simply means that SQL Server 2005 systems will no longer be able to receive free security updates from Microsoft after that date.

While extended support can be had at a specific cost, Microsoft would rather customers simply update from SQL Server 2005 to its most recent MS SQL Server 2014.

In sounding off the six month alarm, Microsoft made its sales pitch for upgrading to SQL Server 2014. Nothing new there.

Among the promised benefits of migrating from 2005 to 2014 are improved performance, better uptime stability, and better integration with Excel and Power BI.

Additionally, and this is where it really counts for the software giant, it also means nice new license revenues for Microsoft. That's several millions of new dollars in newly minted cash.

"In short, MS SQL Server 2014 delivers a high-performing, advanced data platform that keeps up with modern business needs," wrote Microsoft corporate vice president of enterprise marketing Takeshi Numoto.

Microsoft has long been warning enterprise customers of the looming end-of-life for SQL Server 2005, and trying to sell them on an upgrade to SQL Server 2014 in the process.

Back in April of this year when the one-year notice was posted, Microsoft made a similar announcement touting the virtues of the new 2014 edition.

Earlier this summer, Microsoft moved the upcoming SQL Server 2016 into its public preview trials. Its new SQL Server 2016 touts improved data security and this time, better integration with Azure, the company claims.

Source: Microsoft.

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