SQL Server Migration

Gain availability & performance by migrating your SQL Server

SQL Server 2008/R2 has reached end-of-support, yet there is a high chance your organization is still relying on it or other legacy SQL Server versions for critical applications and business processes. For organizations that haven't migrated, they risk becoming trapped using legacy database platforms that are outdated and require manual operation to maintain. They are also costly, complex, and prone to lengthy downtimes as well as vulnerable to data breaches. The end result is that innovation and growth are simultaneously stifled. Consolidate and modernize seamlessly on a Nutanix Database Solution that combines the simplicity, performance, scalability, and availability of Hyperconverged Infrastructure design with Database-as-a-Service (DbaaS) capabilities.

Risks of Using Unsupported Versions of SQL Server


SQL Server 2008/R2 will no longer receive any security updates, potentially leaving your important databases open to vulnerabilities. That is a significant risk as today’s cyberattacks are becoming more sophisticated and more frequent.

Regulatory Compliance

Compliance with various regulatory standards can also be a huge issue. Standards like HIPA, SOX, GDPR, and others require supported software to meet compliance regulations. Failure to keep your SQL Server release supported can cause your business to be out of compliance, which can result in fines and other penalties.

Microsoft Support

Microsoft’s Lifecycle Policy offers 10 years of support for the 2008 and 2008 R2 versions of SQL Server and Windows Server, which expired July 9th 2019. After Microsoft no longer services a product, it is essentially unsupported, potentially causing significant downtime for critical business functions if an unexpected failure occurs.

Aging Platform Limitations

One other consideration of using an older unsupported release of SQL Server is that using an outdated release means that you’re stuck with an older feature set that lacks all the new enhancements and productivity capabilities that are found in the newer releases.

Turn your Database into a Service

Find out from industry expert Tony Baer, why organizations are making the move to Database-as-a-Service in an effort to simplify database management while still maintaining control.

Moving SQL Server to a Nutanix Database Solution

Ready to make a switch? Here's how you can migrate your SQL Server environment over to Nutanix.


Provision a new SQL Server instance using Nutanix Era with the best practice standards automatically applied.


Execute test workloads,
queries, and confirm baselines, and change the compatibility level of your DB.


Replicate the database the SQL Server database to the new instance or backup up original DBs on the old system; restore all original SQL Server instances and DB configurations.

Understanding the Nutanix Difference

Faster Time to Value

Quickly deploy databases in minutes with One-click management that can provision, clone, patch, refresh, and backup in just a few minutes.     

Business Agility

Accelerate Dev & Test deployments through a single control plane that scales transactional & analytical databases non-disruptively with web-scale architecture.

Maximize Uptime

Slash unplanned downtime events by as much as 85% and gain non-disruptive IT operations with self-healing architecture that recovers proactively. Source


Secure database infrastructure with integrated data-at-rest encryption, micro-segmentation, & database patching.

Operational Efficiency

Invest in growth with reduced TCO by as much 62% with automated database operations and support your critical applications and business processes.    

Reduced Costs

Eliminate wasteful copy data costs with efficient, integrated copy data management (CDM), snapshot, & data reduction capabilities.     

Haven't upgraded off of SQL Server 2008 R2 yet? Get started now!

Planning for SQL Server 2008/R2 End-of-Service

What should you consider when migrating from SQL Server 2008/R2 to a modern data platform?

Upgrading SQL Server 2008/R2

Discover today’s most pressing data platform requirements and get key considerations for upgrading your SQL Server 2008/R2.

Additional Resources

SQL Server on Nutanix Best Practice Guide

SQL Server on Nutanix Best Practice Guide

The Definitive Guide to Microsoft SQL Server Deployment on Nutanix

The Definitive Guide to Microsoft SQL Server Deployment on Nutanix

SQL Server Solution Brief

SQL Server Solution Brief

Era Data Sheet

Era Data Sheet

Era Database Service Playlist

Era Database Service Playlist

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