Extended support for SQL Server 2005 ends in April. If your organisation is not prepared, your data could be at risk.
April 12th marks the official end of support for SQL Server 2005. Microsoft is ending extended support, which means no feature updates. No application fixes. No security patches. Nothing. Anyone still running SQL Server 2005 will be risking compromised data and broken systems. Either they upgrade to a newer version of SQL Server, move to a different platform, or do nothing and face the consequences.
Since SQL Server 2005 was released 10 years ago, much has changed across the information landscape. Data has gotten big and comes in a wide range of shapes and sizes, much of it unstructured, much of it moving at lightning speeds. Add to this mix the criminal element, with attacks on data becoming more sophisticated and better orchestrated.
Not only will the databases themselves be at risk, but so, too, will every application relying on those databases, with performance, reliability, compliance and SQL Server security on the frontlines. Organizations still relying on SQL Server 2005, even with extended support in place, are already under threat from a community of hackers and cybercriminals who have spent 10 years poking holes into the system. Once those systems no longer receive security patches, every application and service that touches them is susceptible to data theft and corruption.