Are you prepared for the End of Life for SQL Server 2008 and Microsoft Server 2008?

SQL Server 2008 and Server 2008 are nearing the end of support.

On July 9, 2019, support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will end. Shortly after, on January 14, 2020, support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will end.  That means the end of regular security updates. Don't let your infrastructure and applications go unprotected. We're here to help you migrate for greater security, performance, and innovation. As an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner, we have the experience, support, and capabilities to support your team before, during, and after the migration.


Four reasons that the AWS Cloud might be right for your business

For many IT professionals and business owners, running their operations in the cloud means they can access their data from anywhere at anytime.  Migrating to the cloud not only can affect the bottom line, it can help elevate your information security, and provide you greater flexibility.  

Here are four reasons to run your entire business in the cloud.



  • Converting capital expense to operating
  • Economies of scale allows AWS to pass on lower pricing for customers
  • Pay only for what you use


  • Quickly deploy new applications
  • Instantly scale up as the workload grows, and scale down if the workload shrinks
  • Instantly shut down resources when they are no longer required
  • When you scale down you don’t pay for unused infrastucture


  • Use your existing programming models, operating systems, databases, and architectures
  • Run web, mobile, and social applications
  • Run business applications
  • Run big data and high performance computing
  • Backup, archive and disaster recovery


  • The Shared Responsibility Model provides a global secure infrastucture for AWS and customers
  • Comprehensive capabilities to support virtually any workload
  • Implemented in every layer of the architecture
  • Rapid pace of security innovation


Let us help determine the best Cloud migration approach - “The 6 R’s”

AWS Cloud Assessment Process

RehostRehost (“lift and shift”)

In a large legacy migration scenario where the organization is looking to quickly implement its migration and scale to meet a business case, we find that the majority of applications are rehosted. Most rehosting can be automated with tools such as AWS SMS although you may prefer to do this manually as you learn how to apply your legacy systems to the cloud.

You may also find that applications are easier to re-architect once they are already running in the cloud. This happens partly because your organization will have developed better skills to do so and partly because the hard part - migrating the application, data, and traffic - has already been accomplished.

ReplatfromReplatform (“lift, tinker and shift”)

This entails making a few cloud optimizations in order to achieve some tangible benefit without changing the core architecture of the application. For example, you may be looking to reduce the amount of time you spend managing database instances by migrating to a managed relational database service such as Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS), or migrating your application to a fully managed platform like AWS Elastic Beanstalk.

RepurchaseRepurchase (“drop and shop”)

This is a decision to move to a different product and likely means your organization is willing to change the existing licensing model you have been using. For workloads that can easily be upgraded to newer versions, this strategy might allow a feature set upgrade and smoother implementation.

Refactor or Re-architectRefactor / Re-architect

Typically, this is driven by a strong business need to add features, scale, or performance that would otherwise be difficult to achieve in the application’s existing environment. If your organization is looking to boost agility or improve business continuity by moving to a service-oriented architecture (SOA) this strategy may be worth pursuing - even though it is often the most expensive solution.

Retire or consolidateRetire or consolidate

Identifying IT assets that are no longer useful and can be turned off will help boost your business case and direct your attention towards maintaining the resources that are widely used.


You may want to retain portions of your IT portfolio because there are some applications that you are not ready to migrate and feel more comfortable keeping them on-premises, or you are not ready to prioritize an application that was recently upgraded and then make changes to it again.


A Cloud migration process that works

Our AWS Cloud Migration Process

Step 1: Migration Preparation and Business Planning

Here you determine the right objectives and begin to get an idea of the types of benefits you will see. It starts with some foundational experience and developing a preliminary business case for a migration. This requires taking your objectives into account, along with the age and architecture of your existing applications, and their constraints.

Step 2: Portfolio Discovery and Planning

Next, you need to understand your IT portfolio and the dependencies between applications.  Then begin to consider what types of migration strategies you will need to employ to meet your business case objectives. With the portfolio discovery and migration approach, you are in a good position to build a full business case.

Step 3: Designing, Migrating, and Validating Application

Here the focus moves from the portfolio level to the individual application level and you design, migrate, and validate each application. Each application is designed, migrated, and validated according to one of the six common application strategies (“The 6 R’s”). Once you have some foundational experience from migrating a few apps and a plan in place that the organization can get behind - it’s time to accelerate the migration and achieve scale.

Step 4: Operate

As applications are migrated, you iterate on your new foundation, turn off old systems, and constantly iterate toward a modern operating model. Your operating model becomes an evergreen set of people, process, and technology that constantly improves as you migrate more applications.


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