Microsoft announces free extended security updates for Windows Server 2012 on Azure


At its Inspire 2021 conference this week, Microsoft announced a series of enhancements to its Azure solutions and explained how it is innovating in its products to make it easier for organizations to migrate to the cloud.

First, Microsoft is renaming the Azure Migration Program (AMP) to the Azure Migration and Modernization Program (AMMP). As the name suggests, this means Microsoft will help customers not only migrate their infrastructure to Azure, but also modernize their existing solutions. AMMP is also extended to support Azure Spring Cloud and Azure Cosmos DB.

Second, tech giant Redmond is now offering free Extended Security Updates for Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2, and SQL Server 2012. But this feature is only available on Azure, and customers will need to purchase updates. Extended security days for on-site infrastructure. Likewise, Microsoft says that in order to give customers time to upgrade Windows Server and SQL Server 2008 / R2 on Azure to newer versions, the company is offering another year of free extended security updates.

John Chirapurath, Vice President, Azure Data & AI at Microsoft, underscored the company’s continued commitment to innovate its cloud-native Azure solutions, stating that:

Our commitment to developers is to make Azure the best cloud for developing intelligent cloud native applications that harness the power of data and AI.

[…] With the exponential growth in the volume, type, source, and interconnection of data, the need to discover and manage this data across the organization has never been greater.

To that end, App Containerization, which is currently in preview, now supports deployments to Azure App Service. Likewise, the general purpose level of Azure SQL compatible with Azure Arc will be available to everyone on July 30, 2021. The service enables customers to manage their SQL Server environments during migrations to the cloud.

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