Microsoft SQL Server: Why Upgrading Tightens Security and Reduces Costs

If you’re a Business Intelligence or Information Technology manager you may be asking yourself, “Should I upgrade our Microsoft SQL server to the latest release?”

The answer to your question is yes. There are many benefits to upgrading. But if you’re still a bit hesitant to take the plunge, here’s a quick rundown of the most compelling reasons why you shouldn’t put it off any longer.

Why upgrading your SQL server is important

1. Ageing software increases security risks and ownership cost

An upgrade to the latest version of SQL Server allows you to take advantage of more great features, reduce your total cost of ownership whilst provide higher stability and scalability.

While your old database server may be still doing a satisfactory job, ageing technology have dated support and slow release cycle of service packs or in some instances Microsoft has stopped the service pack release. This is contrast with newer versions which enjoy longer span of support as well as introduction of groundbreaking features that allow massive performance boost and save resources.

Outdated technology exposes your business to:

● Software instability

● Loss of productivity

● Loss of competitiveness

● Lower IT flexibility

But the number one danger of using older technology leaves you open to is an increased risk of security

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Although past versions of SQL Server have always had many security mechanisms, they all have features that could be exploited for malicious purposes.

This means the older the system, the more time hackers have had to find weaknesses they can exploit.

With each new version of SQL server, security is improved to remove known shortcomings and make it harder for attackers to find chinks in your system’s armour.

2. SQL Server Sprawl that leads to increased licensing and management costs

Another issue organisations face is ever increasing SQL Server sprawl and it’s a serious problem for a lot of mid to large-sized organisations. Every time a company acquires or creates new applications, these are deployed to the company’s server.

While this small-scale server deployment to support new applications seems inexpensive, each new application equates to a new server.

When large numbers of SQL Server are installed in an enterprise, many of them are overpowered and unnecessary. This makes these installations difficult to manage and a waste of hardware resources and licenses.

Consolidating your SQL Server will eliminate these issues and give you:

● Optimal utilisation of database resources

● More effective use of SQL database administrators due to fewer SQL Servers to manage

● Increased availability

● Easier maintenance – fewer servers to apply a service pack or hotfix to

● Maintains your licenses and resources

● Enforces best practices and standards

To fix SQL Server sprawl, organisations need to deploy their database on one of the centrally managed SQL Servers. Doing this allows several hundred databases to be stacked across few instances of SQL Server, which consolidates your SQL server footprint, improves performance, and reduces operational costs significantly.

Need Expert Assistance Upgrading Your SQL Server?

Upgrading your SQL server isn’t as simple as just clicking install and then working your way through a wizard.

You need to do a lot of careful planning to ensure the upgrade is risk-free and causes as little downtime as possible.

That’s why AgileBI strongly recommends you talk to one of our experts before attempting to upgrade your SQL server so we can help you make the change quickly and successfully.

To do this, we carry out an on-premise assessment of your SQL server, check for any performance enhancing opportunities, and then design the target platform SQL server topology.

If this sounds like something you need help with, click on the button below today so we can help you upgrade your SQL server.

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