Many considerations go into evaluating whether it is time to implement an upgrade to a new version of SQL Server. You need to think about socket vs. core licensing, side-by-side vs in-place upgrades, and resource provisioning. Maybe your SQL instance is a good candidate for ‘cloudification’? What new functionality, like SQL Server’s new cardinality estimator or a database's Target Recovery Time setting, would you like to take advantage of?
An upcoming DBTA webcast, presented by Andy McDermid, principal SQL Server DBA at Datavail, will provide a comprehensive overview of what to consider before, during, and after making the move. You'll get a clearer picture of the planning required and the projected benefits to help justify upgrading your current instance to SQL Server 2012 and beyond. All attendees will receive a checklist, a link to the playback and the slides used in the presentation for future reference.
"Upgrading SQL Server to 2012 and Beyond” will be presented on Thursday, September 17, at 11 am PT / 2 pm ET.