Migrating Microsoft SQL Server to AWS

AWS is a leader in running Microsoft applications in the cloud with over 10 years of experience and over 57% of the cloud Windows server market, almost 2X as much as the next leading provider. Many organizations also run SQL Server, and AWS gives them the tools, reliability and scalability to do it at a fraction of the cost. As the end of support (EOS) for SQL Server 2008 approaches in the summer of 2019, there is no better time than now to migrate legacy applications to AWS.

When you migrate your legacy SQL Server 2008 applications to AWS, you gain many competitive advantages. With AWS you can take advantage of over 120 services to help drive innovation and global scalability, security and reliability to help you run your most business critical applications. When you move to AWS, your organization can lower TCO and increase agility.

Ready for Microsoft SQL 2008 End of Support?

Get ahead of SQL Server 2008 End of Support with these resources.


Modernize your Applications with AWS

In this eBook you will learn how to modernize your legacy applications, drive growth, and reduce costs & common strategies on migrating SQL server workloads to the cloud.

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Best Practices Guide

Deploying SQL Server 2008 on AWS

This whitepaper shows ways to minimize the costs of your SQL Server databases & how to optimize your infrastructure for maximum performance.

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Why SQL Server 2008 on AWS?

In this infographic you will learn why organizations are transitioning Windows workloads to public cloud infrastructure & why public cloud leaders prevail in the IaaS market.

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Why consider AWS for Microsoft SQL Server 2008?

In addition to helping drive cost savings, increase business agility, and become more secure, AWS provides three unique deployment options for your SQL Server 2008 workloads:

Migrate or upgrade to RDS for SQL Server

Deploy quickly with advanced automation and take advantage of a fully managed database service.

Migrate or update to SQL Server on EC2

For optimal control of deployment options and having the capabilities to rapidly deploy highly virtualized environments to AWS.

Modernize SQL on your own timetable

Migrate from SQL Server 2008 to modern, open platforms like Amazon Aurora, MySQL, PostgreSQL, MariaDB, Amazon Redshift.

Let AWS help you

Now that you know more about why it’s critical to modernize your applications with AWS – from saving your organization money and resources to reducing complexity and enabling more time for innovation – you can start your move with confidence. AWS will help you along each step of the way, thanks to over a decade of experience with Windows and SQL Server 2008 and customers like you. Spend your time driving new initiatives for your business, not maintaining outdated infrastructure. As end of support inches ever closer for SQL Server 2008, the time is now to migrate your organization to AWS.

See how Sysco migrated

Sysco, a global foodservices distributor, migrated its mainframe environment to Windows Server on AWS and improved Windows workload stability and performance. Using AWS gives Sysco more time to focus on delivering business applications for its customers. See how other companies have migrated to AWS.

Sysco Chooses AWS to Manage its Windows-based Workloads

Microsoft Workloads Migration Partners

Migrate, extend, or modernize Microsoft-based solutions with the help of trusted AWS Partner Network partners that combine AWS and Microsoft expertise.

Additional Resources

For additional information about migrating to AWS, visit the resources below:

Migrating to AWS

A collection of best practices, frameworks and resources to help you migrate to the AWS Cloud.


AWS Enterprise Collection Blog

Gain tips, tricks, best practices, and other thoughts as curated by Stephen Orban, Head of Enterprise Strategy at AWS.

AWS Training and Certification

Learn from the experts at AWS to advance your knowledge with practical skills so you can get more out of the AWS Cloud.

AWS Professional Services

AWS Professional Services helps enterprise customers and government institutions achieve their business goals at every stage of AWS adoption.

AWS Migration Hub

AWS Migration Hub provides a single location to track the progress of application migrations across multiple AWS and partner solutions.

AWS Database Migration Service

AWS Database Migration Services can migrate your data to and from most widely used databases.

AWS Server Migration Service

AWS Server Migration Service makes it easier and faster for you to migrate on-premises workloads to AWS.

AWS Cloud Data Migration

Learn how to move existing on-premises data to a new cloud storage location in batches, increments and streams.