[h2_heading]On 12th April 2016 support for SQL 2005 ends[/h2_heading]

What does this mean exactly? Well Microsoft is basically saying if it’s broke, don’t call us. As it has been over a decade since the release of SQL Server 2005 and as all good things must come to an end, Microsoft have announced the end of support for SQL Server 2005. History will show that SQL Server 2005 was a massive step forward from SQL 2000, the previous version. It set records, improved security and came with the new DTS replacement called SSIS.

SQL 2005 was the first production version of SQL I worked with so there is a bit of sadness as I write this, although the longer you work with databases the more older versions you seem to find hidden under desks and forgotten in server rooms.

If you are still using SQL 2005 and many still are, it is your absolute last chance to move away from it (before support ends) to SQL 2014 or the soon to be released SQL 2016 which both offer much better data analytic options such as improved SSIS, SSRS and SSAS versions and features. Honestly the latest features we have available today offer more power and flexibility than ever before allowing for some exciting new applications to be written. Five years ago no one really knew about the cloud and today your SQL Server can connect and fail over into it at the click of a button.

Hopefully you have already moved away from SQL 2005 but if you have not it really is time to take a step into the present.

If you have an instance or a few of SQL 2005 and you need some help migrating to a later version of SQL Server, need help re-writing SSIS packages and SSRS reports or just want to know what the latest SQL Server versions offer Contact Us it’s what we like to discuss the most.