Microsoft has announced that in just under six months, on April 12, 2016, it will cease all extended support for SQL Server 2005. This means an end to supportability and security updates.
In response, the vendor has launched SQL Server 2014 that is said to better meet the technology needs of modern business by delivering an advanced data platform.
According to Microsoft, the new server has benchmarked 13 x faster performance and set a new world record for SAP performance for 16 processors on an HP Superdome X. It also offers new tools to manage data across the enterprise such as master data services, data quality services and enhanced integration services.
Additionally, the server offers in-memory across workloads up to 30 x transactional performance gains and over 100x faster queries to work with larger quantities of data. It also offers support for unstructured and streaming data to help with tasks including managing manufacturing sensor data or analyzing social media activity.
Microsoft corporate vice president for Cloud, enterprise and marketing, Takeshi Numoto, said, “Data has become increasingly critical to businesses, so it’s more important than ever for every organisation to be utilising a modern data platform that drives innovation, delivers business value and provides quick insight.”