Important information about SQL Server 2005

SQL Server 2005 reaches end of support on April 12th 2016

Upgrade now to maintain security and compliance, improve mission critical performance and modernize your data platform

SQL Server has been powering applications for more than a decade, responsible for storing data for applications and making it available to the business to use.
In the same way that end of support for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 put your business at risk, failing to take action when SQL Server 2005 reaches end of support on April 12th could compromise the security of your network.
Continuing to use unsupported software not only means increased vulnerability to data issues but also exposes other devices and applications of SQL Server to these same vulnerabilities.

Why upgrade to SQL Server 2014

A slow performing database can cause significant bottlenecks. SQL Server 2014 is up to 13 times faster than SQL Server 2005.

Failing to act will put your business at increased risk; maintenance costs could grow; and productivity is likely to be impacted as downtime kicks in.

  • SQL Server 2014 accelerates mission critical applications
  • SQL Server 2014 speeds up how you access, analyse, clean and shape both internal and external data
  • SQL Server 2014 is designed to work in a hybrid environment that spans on-premises and the cloud

In some businesses, SQL Server 2005 may be installed but may not be running or actively supporting applications, or it may be in place to support legacy applications, however, it’s important to understand the potential consequences of taking no action.

Whilst the biggest issue is that lack of support increases the risk of security holes, more critically, organisations in some sectors, such as financial services sector, are mandated to have support as part of their business continuity and data protection plans, making migration planning urgent for compliance.

If you believe that you may be affected, or have any concerns regarding SQL Server 2005, please contact your TSG Account Director or Technical Specialist as a matter of urgency to discuss your situation and understand more about the options open to you.