SQL Server 2005, age 11, passed away on April 12, 2016 at Microsoft HQ. It was the father of several versions of SQL Server, including versions 2008, 2012, 2014 and 2016—not to mention Azure SQL.
Born in Redmond, Wash., SQL Server 2005 was the son of SQL Server 2000. He grew up looking to help people “reduce application downtime, increase scalability and performance, and provide tight-yet-flexible security controls,” as once described.
He loved data with a passion and collected all kinds with relish. He will be best remembered for speed and reliability that was greater than seen in any previous SQL Server.
SQL Server 2005 was well loved throughout life, to the point that thousands of small businesses are using it still. The memorial service was held earlier this morning at a cemetery in the Puget Sound area.
Thoughts and memories are welcomed in the comments section below. Thousands of bereft businesses are left with SQL Servers no longer supported by Microsoft. To get through this difficult time and the increased security risk, they are encouraged to work with a BitTitan partner and upgrade to Azure SQL or on-prem SQL Server 2014 using BitTitan Database Migration.