In this article, we will discuss why it’s so important for all users to upgrade SQL Server 2005 to new editions.
Since its first launch, Redmond based software giant Microsoft has released multiple editions of its SQL Server database application in a periodic manner. But there are still users who are hanging on to the more than a decade old edition of SQL Server; the 2005 edition. The extended support for the 2005 edition ended in early 2016; therefore it was imperative for all users to migrate all their instances from SQL 2005. Holding on to the older versions is never a good idea it not only makes your system inefficient but also makes your team more and more comfortable with what is increasingly becoming outdated.
Many people who have not upgraded have stated lack of enough funds for licensing as a reason for not upgrading. But a strong will to progress and expand business could have overcome the financial constraint if sufficient efforts and plans were put in at the right time. A lot of upgrades and advancements have been made in SQL Server and its version launched after 2005, that any enterprise opting to not use those version is certainly missing out on a lot of new options and opportunities. Convincing users of 2005 edition of SQL Server to upgrade to the latest or a little older version should not be a very grave task, as any intelligent business owner will easily understand the benefits of upgrading.
There are a lot of new features that have been introduced in the 2016 edition of SQL Server, and along with that a lot of changes and bug fixes have been introduced to make up for the gaps of the previous editions. But it is acceptable that upgrading to the 2016 edition of SQL Server will certainly cost a lot, so you can also opt for the 2014 or the 2012 editions of SQL Server which are recent and advanced along with being pocket friendly. The competition in the market today is only increasing, and holding on to a decade old edition of your relational database management software is certainly taking you a step backwards in comparison to your competitors. Going back when everyone is moving ahead is certainly not something anybody would be suggested to do.
Various firms which have upgraded to the latest editions of SQL Server ditching the 2005 editions have truly wonderful stories to share about the positive impact this upgrade brought in their business. It will sure cost you a lot of money, but it is also bringing to you a lot of features necessary for efficient working, all this makes it worth the cost. If you still wish to continue with the 2005 edition of SQL Server, then do plan on what will you do when the company stops releasing its hot fixes and upgrades? In such a scenario continuing with the old edition will cost you more than what would be required to upgrade to the new edition, because now you will have to ensure maintenance of security and also deal with potential liabilities such as compliance audits.
If you are using an old version of SQL Server, do keep a recovery tool in place
Older versions of SQL server, especially editions like 2005 and 2008 are more vulnerable to crashes over a long period of time. Logical errors and other system faults can lead to SQL crashes which can potentially lead to data loss. To avoid such a scenario, it is imperative to keep a sql recovery tool like DataNumen SQL Recovery handy to deal with contingencies. This exceptional product can recover all the stored records and can even extract sparse columns and indexes.
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