back to article The age of the Service Pack is over. The time of the Modern Servicing Model has come

It's the end of an era. Microsoft has finally released its very last SQL Server service pack. Microsoft first warned the end was nigh some years ago, but the reality is here: SP3 for SQL Server 2016 is to be the last, the service pack beloved by administrators around the world killed off in favour of a "Modern Servicing Model …

  1. martyn.hare

    Nothing has changed then

    CUs are just hotfix collections which are just Service Packs without feature changes. They used to be called Update Rollups and they’re not modern. Microsoft are at the point where they’ve ran out of tricks, just like all the other vendors.

    The real question is: How quickly can FOSS catch up before Microsoft forces subscription prices for on-prem licences?

  2. bombastic bob Silver badge

    That word 'modern' does not mean what they think it means

    Just sayin' ...

    1. karlkarl Silver badge

      Re: That word 'modern' does not mean what they think it means

      It is a word used to entice the dimwits. I think they have used it correctly haven't they? ;)

  3. Neil Barnes Silver badge

    "with the same level of confidence..."

    Now what level would that be?

  4. YetAnotherJoeBlow

    " should plan to install a CU with the same level of confidence you plan to install SPs as they are released."

    Said with a straight face...

    Well then I'll wait a month before installing the CU too,,,

  5. Peter D

    A bullet dodged

    Had this come to pass over a decade earlier we could have had Cummulative Updates for NT. I would have confused the acronym with how I felt about my, then, boss.

  6. Primus Secundus Tertius Silver badge

    Right first time

    What pity they can't just get the software right at the outset.

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