SQL Server 2014 EOS: Secure Your Business Before Time Runs Out

A Story of Transformation and Security

Meet Sarah, the IT director of a mid-sized manufacturing company. For years, Sarah’s team has relied on SQL Server 2014 to manage their data and keep their operations running smoothly. But recently, Sarah received an urgent notification: SQL Server 2014 will reach its end of support (EOS) on July 9, 2024. This looming deadline means no more security updates, exposing her company’s critical systems to potential threats.

Sarah knew this wasn’t just a technical issue but a pivotal moment for her company’s future. Ignoring the EOS deadline wasn’t an option. She needed to act swiftly to ensure her systems remained secure and compliant.

The Wake-Up Call

As Sarah delved into the implications of EOS, she realized the gravity of the situation. Without regular security updates, SQL Server 2014 would become a target for cyber-attacks, jeopardizing not only sensitive data but also the trust her customers had in her company. The potential risks were too great to ignore.

Sarah remembered the disruption caused by previous cyber-attacks in the industry. Businesses had lost data, faced hefty fines, and struggled to rebuild their reputations. She couldn’t let that happen to her company.

Exploring the Path Forward

Determined to find a solution, our team understood her concerns and outlined several flexible options for extending security updates and transitioning to the cloud.

To help navigate this transition, we provided several flexible options for deploying ESUs:

  1. Azure Arc: This option would allow Sarah to purchase and deploy Extended Security Updates (ESUs) seamlessly through Azure Arc, providing security for both on-premises and multi-cloud environments. It was perfect for her company’s mixed infrastructure.
  • Azure Virtual Machines: For a straightforward migration, Azure VMs provided a seamless transition with free ESUs, ensuring Sarah’s servers remained secure and up-to-date.
  • Azure Stack HCI: Azure Stack HCI offered free ESUs for edge deployments, enabling Sarah to manage virtual machines and containers with cloud-native hyperconverged infrastructure. This solution was ideal for their remote manufacturing sites.

Taking the Leap

With these options in mind, Sarah saw a clear path to securing her company’s future. She gathered her team, explained the urgency, and together they evaluated the best course of action. They decided to use Azure Arc to purchase and deploy ESUs, ensuring immediate protection while planning a strategic migration to the cloud.

Sarah’s decision wasn’t just about addressing the immediate threat. It was about embracing a transformative journey that would modernize their IT infrastructure, improve efficiency, and unlock new opportunities for innovation.

A Secure Future

Thanks to her proactive approach and the support from Covenant Global, Sarah’s company successfully navigated the transition. Their systems remained secure, their data protected, and their customers’ trust intact. They were now ready to leverage the full potential of cloud technology, staying ahead of the curve and focused on growth.

Your Turn

Sarah’s story is a testament to the power of timely action and informed decision-making. If your business still relies on SQL Server 2014, now is the time to act. The July 9, 2024, EOS deadline is fast approaching, and the risks of inaction are too significant to ignore.

Reach out to Covenant Global today. Together, we can evaluate your options, secure your systems, and guide you through a seamless transition to the cloud. Let’s ensure your business remains protected and poised for future success.

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  • Save up to 47% on Azure SQL VMs vs. on-premises SQL Server
  • Get an additional 17% cost savings on Azure SQL managed databases
  • Benefit from Azure Hybrid Benefit, Reserved Capacity, and Dev/Test pricing
  • Receive 3 years of free extended security updates for SQL Server 2008/2008 R2

Contact us to discuss your migration strategy and keep your business secure in the post-SQL Server 2014 era.

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