January 13, 2016
Microsoft Corp. today released the following statement regarding SQL Server 2005: “When SQL Server 2005 was released it was recognized as one of the most advanced relational database management systems on the market. Of course, technology has advanced rapidly since then and the best solution for 2005 is no longer the best solution for 2016. To accommodate the shift towards modern technology and understanding the increasing value of data, Microsoft will end support for all editions of SQL Server 2005 on April 12, 2016.
Microsoft estimates that up to 30% of Canadian companies use Microsoft SQL Server 2005 to store and retrieve data for applications running on the same computer or across a network. Security updates and support will no longer be available for SQL Server 2005, increasing users’ vulnerability to new threats and risking compliance with various industry requirements.
“This represents a huge opportunity for businesses to modernize and a variety of affordable options are available, providing additional capabilities and valuable security measures. By moving to the latest platform – such as SQL Server 2014 on-premises or Microsoft Azure SQL Database in the cloud – businesses can take advantage of technology that simply wasn’t available in 2005.”