SQL Server 2016 was just released in early June. Here are 10 reasons why to upgrade to SQL Server 2016. Upgrading to SQL Server 2016 will enable you to take advantage of the many new capabilities available with dramatic performance gains, higher availability and scalability and rich BI capabilities. SQL Server offers you a highly available database, cloud ready platform that will scale to your business.
- Improve security with advanced encryption technology. Security issues are reduced by upgrading to the latest version. Old legacy systems are highly vulnerable to hacking and require continuous patching.
- Many older versions of SQL Server are approaching end-of-support milestones. All support ended for SQL Server 2005 on April 12, 2006
- More advanced analytics to provide predictive insights
- Accessible anywhere. View business insights with rich visualizations on any device. Employees are able to complete work faster and more accurately.
- Reduce costs with your investment in modern technology on premise and compliment with cloud technologies working seamlessly
- Get flexible options from server to hybrid cloud solutions, host your SQL database in the cloud by moving it into a Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine reducing hardware and IT costs
- Faster application performance. Maximize customer satisfaction by speeding up transactions without having to buy new hardware. You will experience in-memory performance with up to 30x faster transactions with more than 100x faster queries than disk-based relational databases and real-time operational analytics.
- Easier development with expanded Visual Studio to develop solutions in a single tool
- Keep your database up and running more of the time. SQL Server 2016 makes fast, highly-available database functionality affordable to any size of organization
- Power query. Ability to pull data from countless sources into data models to enable clear business decision making
If you’re still running SQL Server 2005, your customers are exposed to additional security threats, as well as increased management and support costs. Risks include:
- Non-compliance with PCI security standards for businesses that accept credit cards
- Threats to business applications such as payroll, HR, and accounting
- Elevated danger of cyberattacks on computer systems and databases
- Breaches of HIPAA data policies for businesses that handle client healthcare data
- Performance bottlenecks for mission-critical applications