Microsoft announces Windows Server Premium Assurance and SQL Server Premium Assurance

Microsoft today announced Windows Server Premium Assurance and SQL Server Premium Assurance, two new offerings to help organizations run applications even longer without disruption. With these offerings, Microsoft is adding six more years of product support for Windows Server and SQL Server, allowing for a minimum of 16 years of total support (five years each of Mainstream and Extended Support, plus the new Premium Assurance period). The additional support period provides Security Updates and Bulletins rated “Critical” and “Important” for both Windows Server and SQL Server. Both these offerings will be available starting in early 2017. Read about the pricing below.

Premium Assurance pricing will start at 5% of the current product license cost, and will increase over time (up to 12%). Buying before the end of June 2017 means you will save nearly 60% on the cost of Premium Assurance. The first versions covered by Premium Assurance will be SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 (Extended Support ends in July 2019) and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 (Extended Support ends in January 2020).

Read more about Windows Server Premium Assurance and SQL Server Premium Assurance here.

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