January 11, 2019
If you are still running SQL Server 2008/2008 R2, you probably have heard by now that as of July 9, 2019, you will no longer be supported. If you move your SQL Server 2008 R2 instances to Azure, however, you will receive the Extended Security Updates at no additional charge. It is up to you to ensure SQL Server is highly available, which is traditionally done by building a SQL Server Failover Cluster Instance (FCI). Azure has the infrastructure in place which enables you to configure a SQL Server FCI, but due to the lack of cluster-aware shared storage in the cloud, you will need to use SIOS DataKeeper to build the FCI.