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Why AWS Is Your Solution For SQL 2008 EoL: 4 Reasons To Migrate To AWS

“If it ain't broke, don’t fix it.”

That’s the attitude some companies have toward their Microsoft databases—and they’re suffering performance losses and putting their data at greater security risks because of it. This is especially true for businesses still using legacy databases like Microsoft SQL Server 2008 or 2008 R2, two commonly deployed systems that are no longer supported.

But their inaction isn’t entirely unjustified. For most companies, trying to modernize their infrastructure, or even just maintaining compliance, can feel daunting and overly complex.

Fortunately, you have an option that’ll carry your organization into the future with minimal headaches: Deploying your Microsoft server and database in the public cloud. This can help your business overcome the limitations of traditional on-premise databases, unlocking cloud-specific benefits like enhanced reliability, agility, and scalability along the way.

So Which Cloud Is Best For Your Microsoft Workloads?

The biggest question after deciding to move to the public cloud is this: Which cloud provider is best for your Microsoft workloads? 

The answer: Amazon Web Services (AWS). Why? For starters, AWS has the experience (there’s a reason they’re renowned as the big guy on campus). Customers have been running Microsoft workloads on AWS for over a decade. And during that timespan, AWS has run nearly 2x more Microsoft server instances than the next-largest public cloud provider. Today, 57% of all Microsoft workloads are running on AWS. 

Are you ready to migrate your Microsoft workloads to the public cloud? Here are four reasons why you should choose AWS. 

Greater Reliability

In 2018, the next-largest public cloud provider had almost 7x more downtime hours than AWS. That’s bad news for your operations, no matter what industry you’re in. 

AWS has significantly better reliability than its competitors, due to a foundationally-sound global infrastructure design that’s based on regions and availability zones. The AWS cloud spans 64 zones within 21 geographic regions around the world. That gives AWS the largest and most comprehensive network of data centers in the world. According to a study by IDC, this significantly reduces the length and impact of unplanned outages: Businesses running Microsoft workloads on AWS saw the amount of productive time lost during outages improve from a lengthy five hours to just 10 minutes.

Enhanced Agility and Performance

AWS offers almost every service your business could possibly need from the public cloud, including customized servers, load balancers, storage and content delivery systems, domain management, databases, and much more. But it gets better: All of those services work together seamlessly and are available on demand. This streamlines your IT operations, reducing the amount of time it takes to tackle just about any task. 

Combine AWS’ robust suite of services with its automated scaling and dedicated, low-latency network connections, and it’s no surprise that companies see a productivity gain after leaving their Microsoft on-premise servers behind. 

Better Return On Investment

AWS helps customers lower their overall costs of running Microsoft servers in the public cloud. Compared to a leading competitor, AWS is significantly less expensive thanks to reduced subscription costs and the minimal staff time required for deployment and migration. In fact, according to a recent study, customers using AWS are expected to see an average five-year ROI of 442% and break even on their AWS investment in an average of nine months from the beginning of deployment.

Flexible Licensing Model 

A lot of businesses currently using Microsoft products are also tied to a Microsoft-specific licensing program. Fortunately, AWS offers a few different options for licensing in the public cloud: Customers can either purchase new licenses, or bring their existing Microsoft licenses along with them (BYOL).

This lets you take advantage of the efficiencies of the cloud without oversubscribing—and significantly overpaying—for additional licensing. You’ll also have the ability to extend the lifecycle of your software without additional hardware costs.

Are you ready to make the switch? Check out our MS SQL 2008 Solution Brief for best practices on migrating your databases to AWS.