SQL Server Migration

SQL Server 2008/R2 has now officially reached End of Support  

But there is a high chance your organization may still be relying on it for your critical applications and business processes. Don't worry... Nutanix and our partners can help you migrate to a supported version of SQL Server to make sure you’re benefitting from new features and improved availability and security.

This webcast covers some of today’s pressing data platform requirements and discusses what to look for when upgrading from SQL Server 2008/R2 that is nearing the end of Microsoft’s extended service period.

This webcast covers today’s pressing data platform requirements and discussed what to look for when upgrading from SQL Server 2008/R2 that has reached the end of Microsoft’s extended support period.

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One other consideration of using an older unsupported release of SQL Server is that using an outdated release means that you’re stuck with an older feature set that lacks all the new enhancements and productivity capabilities that are found in the newer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

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

Moving SQL to Nutanix Enterprise Cloud

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


Set up the target OS with Calm and new SQL Server instance with Era with best-practices to the target.


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


Back 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 97% 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 masking.    

Operational Efficiency

Invest in growth with reduced TCO by as much 60% 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!

Best Practices for Upgrading SQL Server 2008/R2

To successfully upgrade your SQL Server instances, you need to prepare with comprehensive planning and important best practices. This guide will walk you through both.

Upgrade Options for SQL Server 2008 /R2 End-of-Support

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

Already upgraded? Learn how Nutanix can optimize your databases.    

Best Practices: Microsoft SQL Server 2016

Unleash the power of hyperconverged infrastructure for Microsoft SQL Server.    

Datasheet: Nutanix Era

Eliminate the headache of database operations in a single click.    

The Definitive Guide to Microsoft SQL Server Deployment on Nutanix

Enjoy a high-performing, reliable SQL Server deployment–without silos.    

Self-Service in the Era of DBaaS

Import and launch a Calm blueprint and clones into existing Era-managed databases.

Need additional help? Contact a Nutanix representative today!