cloud migrtions

windows and sql 2008

For over the 10 years Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 has been a great server platform for our customers like you. There are millions of Windows Server 2008 instances deployed worldwide and there are a lot of customers still running critical business application today. With the end of support for Windows Server 2008 in January 2020 we are assisting organizations to go through a modernization process of the server platforms and applications. The good news is that there are short and long term available, this will help to mitigate risks as part of your modernization road map.

End of support is an ideal time to transform your IT estate with the cloud. But we know that it can be hard to upgrade everything before the end of support timeline. To address this need, we are pleased to announce that Extended Security Updates will be available for free in Azure for 2008 and 2008 R2 versions of SQL Server and Windows Server to help secure your workloads for three more years after the end of support deadline. You can rehost these workloads to Azure with no application code change. This gives you more time to plan your future path, including upgrading to newer versions such as SQL Server 2019 or Windows Server 2019 and utilizing the rich set of platform and data services available in Azure.

You can also move your SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 deployments with no application code change and near zero downtime to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance. It is a fully-managed database-as-a-service solution with industry leading SLAs and does not require future upgrades.

Vancouver Windows Server 2008 Migration

You can use existing licenses and the Azure Hybrid Benefit to save when you migrate SQL Server and Windows Server environments to Azure Virtual Machines or to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance. With this benefit, customers with Software Assurance save up to 55 percent on the cost of running SQL Server and Windows Server in Azure.


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
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

For apps and data that you want to keep running on-premises, DMS recommends that you upgrade to the latest version of SQL Server and Windows Server to get the strongest security and latest innovation. SQL Server 2019 and Windows Server 2019 are the new standard for performance and efficiency, and both include built-in security features to help you harden your platform. Now is also the time to consider refreshing your server infrastructure. Today’s servers and hyperconverged solutions can deliver important security features, as well as dramatic increases in performance and cost efficiency. DMS can offer a variety of Windows Server Software Defined solutions to meet your needs in the datacenter. Or consider Azure Stack for a consistent hybrid cloud solution.

For on-premises servers that need more time to upgrade, you will be able to purchase Extended Security Updates for three more years. This option is available to customers with Software Assurance or Subscription licenses under an Enterprise Agreement enrollment and can be purchased annually to cover only the servers that require the updates. It’s a great option to continue getting security updates while you upgrade or migrate to Azure.


Upgrade to SQL Server 2019 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

3 reasons to migrate your 2008 server applications to Azure now

  • Innovation

    Embrace the tools in Azure to modernize your applications. Focus on business innovation with fully managed services like Azure SQL Database, Azure App Service, and Azure IaaS..

  • Cost savings

    Reduce your infrastructure costs with free extended security updates, the Azure Hybrid Benefit, and optimized infrastructure. Save up to $750K when you move one hundred 2008 servers to Azure. It would cost five times more to run Windows Server in AWS.

  • Security and compliance

    Counter sophisticated cyberthreats with our secure cloud foundation and help meet compliance requirements with the most certifications of any cloud provider. Get free security updates for 3 more years after end of support.

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Eliminate your risks by leveraging our proven implementation process

  • Analysis and Planning

  • Roadmap

  • Implementation

  • Managed Services

At DMS we are striving to continuously improve our delivery process. We have the expertise required to provide you with a modernization solution that fits your requirements. DMS will provide you with the options that fit your timeline and your budget. We understand that things don’t happen overnight. However our mission is to assist you to plan and execute milestones and tasks as defined in your technology roadmap – short and long term.

While working with DMS  you will get access to best practices, tools, resources, and experts committed to make your digital transformation a success.


Our migration and modernization expertise

DMS is trusted certified Microsoft partner. We have successfully completed a wide variety of application and platform migration projects. Modernization of legacy applications is not new to DMS, we have been helping our customers to promote and adopt new, cutting edge technology solutions that have a direct positive impact on business and IT. We have done everything from new implementations, upgrades and migrations (on-premises and cloud).

New options are now available to help you upgrade and adopt the innovative technologies you need to carry your organization into the future.


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