It depends. While it is often less expensive to keep systems on-premises with a security plan, moving and running a system in Azure may be part of a longer-term IT roadmap.
The cost elements we often see considered when keeping an end of life (EOL) SQL Server “as-is” and on-premises include:
At the same time, moving and running a system in Azure has a separate set of cost elements to consider:
In general, keeping systems on-premises has more risk, while moving to Azure brings more cost.
Remend recommends having a licensing plan that enables both models with an aim to keep costs contained.
Should we move our end of life (EOL) SQL Servers to Azure?
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