SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 will no longer be supported by Microsoft starting 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 or R2 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.
Avoid the challenges and vulnerabilities caused by end of support by upgrading to a more recent version, such as SQL Server 2017 or Azure SQL Database (we can help).
For more information on what end of support for SQL Server 2008 means, download this PDF from Microsoft.
If you would like more details on Microsoft’s Lifecycle Policy visit their FAQ page here.