Microsoft to End SQL Server 2005 Support in 6 Months
Companies have less than half a year to migrate from the 10-year-old database software or risk the consequences of unpatched, out-of-compliance database systems.Microsoft is warning businesses that the software giant is putting more aging software out to pasture next April. Approximately six months from now, on April 12, 2016, the company is pulling the plug on Microsoft SQL Server 2005. "That means an end to supportability updates, and perhaps more importantly, security updates," wrote Takeshi Numoto, corporate vice president of Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise Marketing, in a company blog post. Ten years is a long time in terms of IT, he reminded. Apart from the advanced new functionality and improved performance in newer versions of the database software, there are more pressing reasons to ditch the SQL Server 2005. "Continuing to operate SQL Server 2005 without security updates and hotfixes from Microsoft may put your organization at risk for business disruptions, security and compliance issues, and increased maintenance costs," cautioned Numoto. Naturally, Microsoft offers an upgrade path. "Upgrading to SQL Server 2014 before extended support ends next April is not only a necessary security and compliance decision, but a sound business decision as well," he said.
Asserting that the latest version of the software "was engineered for security from the ground up," Microsoft outlined on its Website several reasons why enterprises should consider migrating to SQL Server 2014. They include "security roles for separation of duties, full-featured auditing and transparent data encryption make it possible for any organization to meet its regulatory compliance standards, such as PCI-DSS [Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard] for credit card transactions, HIPAA [Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act] for medical patient privacy, and GLBA [Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act] for financial institutions," stated Microsoft.