The End of Support (EOS) for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 is upon all of us. In April of this year, Microsoft will no longer support SQL Server 2005. Some companies have chosen to stand pat while others are researching and making decisions to upgrade to SQL Server 2014 or the recently announced SQL Server 2016. When this migration and upgrade occurs, another decision is having to be made. Since the latest version of SQL Server requires more compute power than it did for 2005, the server platform utilized for the migration must also be upgraded. So does the server platform for this migration really make a difference?

Let me provide a few facts from an independent study done by the analyst firm IDC. Installing mission-critical applications on Cisco UCS provides the following benefits


In addition, Cisco UCS provides the same or better performance than any other server platform.

So going back to the original question. Does is make a difference what server platform you choose when considering the migration path for your Microsoft SQL server. The answer is a resounding yes. Only Cisco can provide the operational efficiencies listed above as well as the performance you desire in your data center.


SQL Saturdays are free 1-day training events for SQL Server professionals that focus on local speakers, providing a variety of high-quality technical sessions. Cisco is a sponsor of multiple SQL Saturdays and have several venues that are right around the corner.

Boston, March 19th
Huntington Beach, April 2nd
Silicon Valley, April 9th

During these training events you will gather information about how your peers are moving to the latest versions of SQL Server and why choosing the right platform for this migration matters.


Rick Speyer

No Longer with Cisco