Ten years ago... 

When you wanted a 'mature' Cloud option for your SQL Server database,

the only real option was AWS...

But times have changed...

Microsoft Azure is now the most complete Cloud platform available for running Microsoft workloads

Fortune 500

Percentage of Fortune 500 companies running Azure.


Market Share

Microsoft Azure has a 31% share of the total Cloud market.


SQL Deployments

There are approximately 2 million SQL databases deployed in Azure.

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So the question should now be...

"Why wouldn't you want to run SQL Server in Azure?"

Reasons why SQL Server runs best on Azure...



Better Performance

Azure has a larger storage bandwidth than AWS.  This means that the speed in which data can 'read / write' is higher - giving greater performance.


Best Practice and Expertise

Microsoft has the largest knowledge base and technical resources for SQL Server, with SQL Server code written directly into Azure.

This means it's pre-configured with best practice implementation for any workload required.


Superior SQL Server Security

When a new SQL Server service pack is released or critical fixes updated, they are implemented in Azure on the same day. 

No other Cloud provider can do this. 


Simplified Management with Full Control

If you're running SQL Server in Azure you have access to Automated High Availability, Automated Patching and Automated Backup with the ability to make any changes you need.


Bring your own License

If you're running SQL Server on-premise or in another Cloud, you can very easily move your current license across into Azure - so you don't have to pay for a new one. 


One Vendor - Microsoft on Microsoft

Running Microsoft databases on Microsoft infrastructure means you have one support team that can work across both SQL Server and Azure technologies, providing superior support and consistency should you run into difficulties. 

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OK, I agree running Microsoft on Microsoft makes practical sense...

What's the first thing I should look at?

A good place to start would be any remaining ‘SQL Server 2008’ databases

SQL Server 2008 will reach 'End of Extended Support' on 9th July 2019, from this date Microsoft will stop providing security updates and critical fixes for this version. This could prove to be a real problem as many legacy and 3rd party applications are still running on SQL 2008 with no upgrade support from venders.

However, it's not all doom and gloom... if you migrate your SQL Server 2008 database into Azure,  Microsoft will provide you with a further 3 years of Extended Support or indefinitely - depending on how you migrate your environment. 


Products Released

Lifecycle Start Date

Mainstream Support End Date

Extended Support End Date

Service Pack Support
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SQL Server 2008





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Great News!

We've got you covered...

These are the options available to help you upgrade and adopt the innovative technologies you need to carry your organisation into the future.

AWS to Azure

Migrate to Azure with free security updates

  • Rehost your SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 with few or no application code changes in Azure SQL Database Managed Instance for a “version-free” platform.
  • Or, move to Azure Virtual Machines to get three years of Extended Security Updates at no additional charge and upgrade to a newer version when ready.
  • Use existing licenses and save up to 55 percent with Azure Hybrid Benefit.

Azure on Premise

Upgrade on-premises and stay protected

  • Upgrade to SQL Server 2017 for greater security, performance, availability and innovation with cloud analytics
  • For continued protection beyond the deadline, buy up to three years of Extended Security Updates—cover only the workloads you need while you upgrade

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What next?

We have 3 learning options for you...

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