Extended support for SQL Server 2008 ends on 9 July 2019.
Whilst this is more than a year away, end of extended support means Microsoft will no longer release security updates for any version of SQL Server 2008 or 2008 R2. Any organisation still running SQL Server 2008 after the support cut off date will be risking broken systems and compromised data, and may be out of compliance with industry regulations such as the incoming GDPR. Further, every application relying on the database will be at risk.
To avoid disruptions and unwanted maintenance costs, now is a good time to plan your upgrade to a more recent version of the product, such as SQL Server 2017 or Azure SQL Database (we can help).
For more details on Microsoft’s Lifecycle Policy you can visit their FAQ page here.