The best way forward for end of support servers

End of support Windows Server - Upgrade

Are you still on Windows, SQL 2008/200 8 R2 servers? Plan for a server upgrade now. As per Microsoft, extended support for Windows server 2008 /2008 R2 is coming to end on July 9, 2019 and for SQL 2008/ 2008 R2 on Jan 14, 2020. 

End of support means, the end of security updates. Failure to upgrade your platform will result in compliance gap or security attacks.

Therefore, create a plan and choose your options sooner than later.  Let us first look at all the factors that may influence your decision. 

  • Capacity or performance of your servers

  • Data center, IT contract expiry

  • Software upgrades and compatibility

  • Security threats and compliance

  • End of support

On-Premise Upgrade

This is an option if you prefer to maintain a traditional IT setup and requires an upgrade.  You get to upgrade Windows 2008/2008 R2 to Windows 2019, and SQL 2008/R2 to 2017. 


  1. Existing software applications compatibility.

  2. Upfront cost and annual support & maintenance fee.

  3. Dedicated IT support

  4. No guarantee on up-time. 

Transition to Azure Cloud

In this option, you just lift and shift all your workloads and start running on a same or latest version of the Azure servers.


Windows server and SQL free extended security update –

  1. No code change required.

  2. Upgrade performance by increasing size of the servers.

  3. Backup in cloud and minimize risk of losing data.

  4. Pay only for usage.

Alternatively, you could also opt to set up a hybrid environment (On premise + Azure).

Where do you start?

Start by assessing your current IT by software, platform, infrastructure and resources.  Determine if the above factors best describe your situation and device a plan of your choice. 

If you need assistance, please contact us.  We've assisted our customers with assessments and guided them to make the correct decision.

Partner assistance

Selecting Azure is a wise choice, however you'd need the right skill sets. AEC Cloud is a Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider and has proven expertise in assisting customers by hosting their mission critical applications on Azure.  We help transform businesses to a modern IT.

Time to upgrade, modernize, and transform

With the impending End of Support deadlines, now is the time to upgrade, modernize, and transform to current versions of SQL Server, Windows Server, or Azure services for more security, performance and innovation.

End of support, like any life cycle milestone, offers you an opportunity to reassess and prepare yourself for the future. Don't wait until it's too late, so start planning today.

How to know if you need software hosted?

A consistent solution, zero server performance issues, and anywhere access to your software, all at a cost based on the usage. If this is not you receive from your existing solution, it's the first sign.

Avoid managing IT and focus on your core business function.  Enable your staff to work from anywhere and stay productive with a hosted software model.

With one or two servers in your office, frequent network issues, unable to administer applications, backup and you are starting to feel the burden of overseeing IT management. Take a break, evaluate your options.

When talking about hosted software, there are two delivery methods.  One is Software as a service (SaaS) which is subscription basis managed by the vendor, and second is a hosted environment, either public or private. But choosing between SaaS vs Hosted depends on your preference. 

Moreover, poor security standards, lack of a disaster recovery plan, and resource cost to manage IT are few additional facts to decide if hosted software solution is a fit or not. 

Consider all departments, job functions and the software applications they use and the total cost for IT to deliver. If cloud hosting could provide value than your on-premise solution, it's the second sign. 

Wes smith, CEO of AEC Cloud has written a series of articles on "cloud transition cost management" and it can be helpful.

AEC Cloud deploys mission-critical applications on Microsoft Azure stack, provisions users through a web portal making access easier and convenient to work.

The J Companies, AEC Cloud's longtime client utilizes hosted solution for their business, and we have been supporting access, software upgrades including infrastructure maintenance.

Simplify your IT by taking advantage of the hosted software model, reduce costs and empower users with anywhere access to applications.  If you are unsure about whether you need software hosted, but crying out with issues, sign up for a proof of concept now.  Experience first, decide later.

Sage Estimating Application Hosting By AEC Cloud

With cloud-hosted servers becoming more sensible for businesses, AEC Cloud provides Sage application hosting including Sage Estimating, Sage 100 and other construction software hosting for its customers on the Microsoft Azure stack.

AEC Cloud is one of the early adopters to work with Sage suite of applications in server-based environments. Sage Timberline Office (now Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate) was the first Sage product we started hosting for our client Dyna Service of Oklahoma, LLC . Our customers and partners began asking us to host sage applications to improve collaboration and offload local workstation and server management issues.

AEC Cloud Hosting Model

Focused on the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry, AEC Cloud hosts a wide range of business applications based on the NIST Cloud definition. This framework includes the Software, Platform, Infrastructure, and Resources (SPIR) required to manage cloud services.

The infrastructure (IaaS) including servers and networking is the fundamental bottom layer required to stand up any solution. With the help of our expertise, architecture, engineering & construction companies can work with us to build and manage a hybrid, private or public cloud environment.

The Resource (RaaS), is the human resource to manage the top three layers, software, platform, and infrastructure. These resources are focused on user support, systems maintenance, upgrades, and account management.

Microsoft Azure Technology

Azure is a game changer in the IaaS space. With high compute virtual machines, backup and disaster recovery options, we can deploy sage estimating and other applications in lesser time and configure.

Cloud Hosting Provider

AEC Cloud, a Microsoft partner, is a preferred cloud hosting provider for the AEC industry managing and hosting a range of construction software including sage estimating, sage accounting, primavera p6, on screen takeoff, viewpoint, prolog, and other designed based applications on Azure for its clients.

If you are considering to move your application management to a cloud hosted solution, we can guide you. Contact now!