The End of The World For SQL Server 2012

By Ryan Freeman

July 1, 2022

SQL, sql 2012, sql server

The world didn’t end in 2012 – you’ve probably already figured that out. Despite reports of an ancient Maya prophecy, a mysterious planet on a collision course with Earth, or a reverse in Earth’s rotation, we’re still here.

For SQL Server 2012, however, its time has finally come …

SQL Server 2012 will end on the 12th of July, 2022.

Will Microsoft be extending support for a while after? The answer is no …

End-of-life means that Microsoft will no longer release hotfixes, cumulative updates or service packs and will not support any security vulnerabilities or bugs. If you are still using this version of SQL Server, you can see that this potentially represents enormous problems for your organisation’s data and security.

What needs to be done?

Digital Samurai recommends upgrading or migrating as soon as possible to a newer version of SQL Server, whether on-premises or in the cloud. You may wish to consider many options, and we are here to advise on and support any potential upgrades or migrations you need to perform.

If you are interested in the support dates for all versions of SQL Server, you can find the start dates, mainstream end dates and extended end dates here.

Latest SQL Server versions

SQL Server 2019 is the latest version of SQL Server on general release, and SQL Server 2022 will be available later this year.

Digital Samurai has assisted with migrations and upgrades for all versions of SQL Server (even back to SQL Server 6.0), and we’d love to hear your plans. Please feel free to get in touch with the Digital Samurai team today.

Ryan Freeman

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