Some organizations resist upgrading from SQL Server 2008 for a variety of reasons. However, resistance is not a sustainable long-term plan. Unfortunately, organizations that have not yet moved away from SQL Server 2008 are already coming into this process very late. If an organization running SQL Server 2008 doesn’t begin their upgrade process soon, they will be susceptible to a range of consequences. Let’s break those down a bit further:
When end of support for SQL Server 2008 arrives, all security updates will come to a complete halt. This could be catastrophic if your organization hosts sensitive data. With more than four billion records stolen by hackers every year, your organization will be at great risk when security updates end.
It is likely that your organization uses software or follows regulations that require supported database platforms to function. For example, under PCI DSS, many online payment platforms require vendor support and will not process payments until the compliance issue is resolved. This is also true for regulations such as GDPR, HIPAA, and SOX, which carry serious penalties. Organizations should also be prepared for a timely audit following SQL Server 2008’s end of support.
Plenty of expenses can arise if an SQL deployment is not upgraded in time. This can stem from the aforementioned security and compliance risks, where your organization must pay fines or spend labor hours putting out security-related fires. To avoid these consequences, Microsoft will offer extended support, priced at 75 percent of the perpetual license costs. This can be a significant expense – especially since many organizations have hidden, excess SQL Server licenses scattered around their databases.
Security and compliance concerns can cause serious blowback from customers and key stakeholders. When a cyberattack occurs, 20 percent of organizations report losing a significant number of customers – and 30 percent report revenue losses directly tied to the attack. Parties ranging from shareholders, investors, customers, and even the general public lose trust in your organization if these consequences come to fruition.