Attention all MS SQL users

Microsoft is ending support of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 on 9 July 2019.


Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 is by far the most widely used version of SQL Server.
SQL server really gained prominence in the database market in the early 00s and the 2000, 2005, and 2008 gained market traction which culminated in the release of 2008 R2, which provided a highly stable, secure platform with some attractive new features, especially in reporting, business intelligence and master data management. This meant that the majority of businesses migrated to 2008 R2. Because this was such a successful and stable release, most businesses never saw the point of upgrading beyond this release.

Moving forward

Microsoft continue to develop and enhance the database platform and cannot continue to support older versions of the product indefinitely.

The time has come to cut off the lifeline for MS SQL Server 2008 R2.

If you are one of the many organisations still using this platform you need to plan for an upgrade before 9 July 2019.

Avoid the stress – call in the pros

Why struggle alone? At Xpedia, we have years of experience with MS SQL implementation, management, optimisation and upgrades.

We are well equipped to assist with either:
• upgrades to newer version of SQL Server or
• migration to cloud (Microsoft Azure).

Not sure which is the best upgrade path for you?

Xpedia offer consulting services and can help you select the best path for your business needs both now and into the future.

Microsoft are clearly in favour of businesses migrating to the cloud, but this may not be the best option for all businesses, particularly in the South African context.

Companies relying on in-house developed applications that haven’t been designed for cloud using a Microsoft SQL Server database have a way to go before simply migrating.

We can analyse your needs and recommend the best path for you.

Don’t delay – call today

We urge you to take action sooner rather than later. July is not as far away as you might think and this upgrade requires planning.