With End of Support (EOS) for SQL Server 2008 upon us, and EOS for Windows Server 2008 coming in January, there’s no better time to consider modernizing your SQL workloads. If you do nothing, your risk footprint increases, if you move your on-premise workloads to Azure you’ll lose support in 3 years.
It’s easier (and cheaper) to do it right the first time, than it is to do it over.
If you’re interested in modernizing your SQL workloads to reduce risk, lower your variable costs, improve productivity, and capitalize on flexible options for Microsoft licenses, consider AWS.
Why Consider AWS for Windows Workloads?
For starters, you can eliminate CAPEX for non-core business assets. The savings can be significant when you consider hardware, maintenance, licenses, data center management, and network overhead. With AWS you’ll have an agile IT cost base that reduces or eliminates excess capacity and provisioning for peak loads.
You’ll also improve the efficiency of your IT operation. No more back and forth with procurement, fewer contract staff managing your IT infrastructure, and your in-house team is able to focus on business critical projects rather than undifferentiated IT management activities.
If licensing is a concern, AWS provides options for you. If you have Microsoft licenses, you bring them with you. You can run your Windows workloads on Amazon EC2 dedicated instances, or use Microsoft License Mobility through Software Assurance on shared or default tenant EC2. If you have questions, let us know, we can walk you through your options.