Due to the extreme risks associated with maintaining SQL Server 2008 now that it is unsupported, it is imperative that organizations still running SQL Server 2008 create a strategy to upgrade their server environment now. Unfortunately, it is hard for organizations to determine where to begin when they overhaul their current SQL solution. Here are four general steps to consider when constructing a roadmap for this upgrade:
Step 1: Check Your Inventory
Be aware of all the out-of-date SQL workloads within your network environment, along with configuration, usage, and workload benchmarks. Since your organization’s SQL inventory is spread across the entire organization, it may be helpful to use an advisory service to ensure inventory is taken correctly.
Step 2: Make a Plan
Once information regarding your software inventory has been recorded, create a roadmap that will help find the best migration approach for each workload. Your organization should aim to find the optimal contract at the best price. This is unique for every organization, so be sure to spend an appropriate amount of time constructing a bulletproof plan – or consult the help of a third-party expert
Step 3: Execute the Plan
When executing the campaign, organizations generally plan to migrate or modernize their software environment. Migrating workloads is a simpler plan to execute, but organizations may encounter more long-term issues. Modernizing your SQL environment with a cloud environment like Azure takes more time, but will ultimately future-proof your SQL approach.
Step 4: Continuously Optimize
Once the plan has been executed, it’s important to constantly ensure everything is running as efficiently as possible. After updating your SQL solution, your organization will likely experience a few technical errors. To ensure day-to-day business isn’t significantly disrupted by these errors, continuous optimization is necessary.