Still not prepared for Windows 2008 and SQL Server 2008 end of support?

Microsoft withdrew support for SQL Server 2008/R2 in July 2019 and will do the same for Windows Server 2008/R2 in January 2020. This signals the end to regular security updates and creates the perfect environment for potential cyber-attacks and threats.

We’ve got your back

An experienced Managed Services Provider, like NTT, will help you plan and execute your Windows and SQL migrations to Azure Cloud.

We offer a full-service migration, and our engineering team will ensure your environment is kept available, optimized, and secure 24×7.

Three great reasons to migrate to the Azure Cloud

Scale with ease and reduce costs while staying compliant

1. Cost savings

Microsoft has pledged to provide companies with an additional three years of WS2008/R2 and SQL2008/R2 support – if your workloads are migrated into Azure Cloud. This provides protection for your workloads along with the ability to access the benefits of Azure; such as flexibility, cost reductions, reduced time to market and the ability to integrate new fully managed services (such as data, AI & machine learning), all at no additional cost.

2. Hybrid use benefit

Use your existing on-premises Windows Server 2008 Licenses in the Azure Cloud. You will only pay for the compute power and storage consumption, rather than compute & licenses.

3. Security and compliance

Use multi-layered, built-in security controls and unique threat intelligence from Azure to help identify and protect against rapidly evolving threats. Plus, get free security updates for three more years after the end of support.

Why choose NTT as your partner?

So much MORE than simple cloud hosting

Configuring, operating and maintaining mission-critical applications on cloud platforms – with the associated requirements for security and availability – is no simple task.

Customers who rely on NTT to manage their cloud infrastructure realize the following benefits:

  • Reassurance that the infrastructure is managed in a robust and systematic way in accordance with the ITIL© V3 framework and methodology.
  • Award-winning global 24×7 support that can extend beyond the cloud platform to your applications and infrastructure.
  • A seamless support model that provides consistent engagement across cloud, co-located and on-premises solutions.

We've got your back

Our credentials

We proudly hold the Microsoft Gold Cloud Platform status, the highest accreditation available, for our competency in delivering quality, expertise and differentiated managed services in the cloud. We help enterprises manage their hybrid cloud infrastructures, delivering on SaaS and PaaS solutions on both Azure and Azure Stack.

Unlock the full potential of Azure Cloud from Microsoft by leveraging the extensive experience of a globally recognized gold standard cloud partner. NTT has a long history of seamlessly designing, implementing and optimizing complex applications over to the cost-effective and flexible Azure Cloud platform.

Advisory methodology within our Cloud Enablement framework



NTT has a defined Cloud Enablement program that takes customers on the full journey to Cloud in three phases:


*All phases are tightly coupled – transitioning customers to managed cloud services, and supporting their future transformation and evolution

Download our reading material

Here you can download brochures around NTT’s cloud migration services and methodology to help you towards a decision. There are also useful documents from Microsoft themselves on the topic of Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008.

SQL 2008/R2 End of Support Brochure

One page summary from Microsoft

An end of support brochure that offers insight into the challenges and vulnerabilities caused by end of support, and how to avoid them.

Covering SQL Server and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2

Microsoft FAQ

Covering SQL Server and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2

A detailed 14 page FAQ document laying out everything that you need to know about the end of support – from Microsoft.

Why partner with NTT for your migration?

NTT Brochure

Why partner with NTT for your migration?

This two-page PDF brochure outlines the benefits of partnering with NTT on your next application migration project.

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WS2008 End of Life - Blog Post

An opinion blog from NTT

All things come to an end. This blog is an opinion piece on Microsoft ending the support for SQL Server 2008 & Windows 2008.

We are here to help

Despite the fact that Microsoft announced withdrawal of support over 12 months ago, many companies still don’t have a clear WS/SQL 2008 migration plan.

We can buy you valuable time by migrating your existing legacy applications over to Azure Cloud, and then work with you on an upgrade plan that works at your own pace.