Microsoft has announced they will be rolling out Windows Server Premium Assurance and SQL Server Premium Assurance in early 2017. This new feature adds six more years of support beyond the current 10 years of standard support. During the six years of Premium Assurance, paying customers will get security updates and bulletins that are rated “Critical or “Important.”
“Premium Assurance pricing will start at 5% of the current product license cost, and will increase over time (up to 12%). Buying before the end of June 2017 means you will save nearly 60% on the cost of Premium Assurance,” according to Microsoft’s post.
This is seen as a favorable departure from Microsoft’s strict 10 year support calendar used today, which caused significant issues when many customers were unwilling to migrate from Window XP and Windows 2003 on schedule.