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  • 19 February 2019 08:38

WARDY IT Announces $2million Migration Sweetener as Microsoft SQL Server Support Deadline Approaches

As Microsoft support and security updates for SQL Server 2008/R2 on-premise environments comes to an end in early July 2019, national SQL Server Consultants, WARDY IT Solutions, has announced the introduction of an initiative that extends far beyond a promotional incentive.

WARDY IT Solutions has committed to absorbing some $2million in service fees to assist companies accelerate the migration of legacy infrastructure to cloud – a process that will ensure security and significantly improve IT agility.

WARDY IT Solutions’ Managing Director, Mr Peter Ward, said some 52% of the marketplace is still running SQL Server 2008 or below. He believes this represents an opportunity for Australian businesses to reduce their potential for security vulnerability.

“There appears to be a certain amount of gravity associated with upgrading older environments in Australia and a somewhat unsubstantiated perception that an upgrade can prove risky, costly and disruptive,” he said.

“However, if there was ever a time to migrate and modernise Data Platform workloads, it is now.”

Microsoft has slowly been removing server support for on-premise hosting, with mainstream support for SQL Server 2005, 2008 and 2008 R2 having been removed in 2014, and full support for SQL Server 2005 ending in 2016. On 9 July 2019 all extended support will no longer be available, unless costly support packages are put in place. This includes critical security updates.

Data migration is a process that can generally cost in the vicinity of $40,000 to $50,000. However, the Azure Navigator initiative includes an offer to remove the entire cost to the first 50 expressions of interests.

Azure Navigator comprises of a four-step process that assesses, envisions, builds and modernises Data Platform workloads by migrating to the cloud. It comes with three-year extended support and is executed by Microsoft Certified and highly experienced Data Platform Consultants.

Mr Brett Shoemaker, Director, Cloud & Enterprise, Microsoft Australia, said cloud migration and modernisation has an array of benefits for business.

“Technology is rapidly evolving and there’s increased pressure on its potential to enable businesses to remain relevant and get ahead in today’s environment. Modernisation is not only a way to help reduce costs, but it is an important step in supporting businesses to accelerate innovation and embark on digital transformation,” he said. “With end-of-service for SQL Server 2008 approaching later this year, now is the time to for IT managers and business owners to think about the necessary steps to modernise. This will help improve security and meet compliance regulations, gain richer insights from dispersed data, add intelligence and transform their applications.”

Mr Ward says that organisations can continue to operate on legacy infrastructure, but it will come with a cost.

“It is naïve to think that organisations can indefinitely enjoy optimal functionality on the back of legacy infrastructure without significant costs for the development of bespoke software. The irony, of course, is that the older environments attract a lot of frustration and require inordinate amounts of time on maintenance, compared to the enormous benefits associated with modenisation to Azure,” Mr Ward continued.

“End of Support for SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 provides organisations the chance to fundamentally redefine the way they engage customers, transform products, optimise operations and engage employees, whilst minimising the risk of in-action. As a Gold Microsoft Partner, we believe we have an obligation to create a catalyst to accelerate the migration process.”

For more information on WARDY IT Solutions’ Azure Navigator program visit wardy.group/azure.

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