Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Bids Farewell –Apr 20, 2015– Redmond, USA (Techreleased) – The clock is ticking for all the companies that rely on Microsoft SQL Server 2005 to keep their business applications updated and in action. The enterprise application is expected to end by April 12, 2016 but what makes the situation much graver is that Microsoft doesn’t have a replacement for this product version.

Microsoft SQL Server 2005

Despite of the effective functionality and reliability of the product, customers would have no other option but to release hold of SQL Server 2005. Tiffany Wissner, the Director of Data Platform marketing said that due to regulations prevailing certain industries would require to maintain complaint software. Moreover, she indicated that if companies cling to aging software, the cost of maintaining IT would rise. Delaying the technological advancements can adversely affect businesses by losing their competitive edge. So the problem is not only about the regulatory bodies, hackers or escalating IT costs.

T.K Rengarajan, the Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s Data Platform, further added that it’s much more profitable to upgrade the data platform compared to preserving security, support and compliance for an unsupported database. He believes that upgrading is an opportunity to add value to one’s business.

Wissner said that customers’ resistance to advance their database is keeping them from benefiting from the performance-enhancing software. For example, SQL Server 2014 is thirteen times faster than SQL Server 2005. Hence, it has the ability to hasten company’s workload. The deadline of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 also gives the customers a chance to think about cloud-enabled SQL deployment.

Microsoft has released tools and guidance to assist in spreading out the word. The company is not only working with the SQL Server user community but also has joined hands with its partners, ISVs and ecosystem, to facilitate the customers in working with SQL Server 2014 easily. This benefits the customers in simplifying the application management by the use of SQL Server Management Studio.