moving 40 databases to new server: Version option choice question.

40 databases exist on SQL 2008R2 64(OS2008R2) bit dedicated server.

there are 3 drives.
Data Drive 200GB.(37 GB is what is used for data files)
Log Drive 100 GB (27 GB is what is used for log files)
TempDB 25GB


2 Core CPU.

The performance is fine.

Now the server is being shifted to another service center, and the choice is up for upgrading all the 40 user databases to either SQL 2012 or 2014, after sufficient testing will be done in the labs.

THe hardware resource would be similar in the new environment, and perhaps quad core instead of dual, being the only potential difference.

What would you see as the essential pros and cons of either  migrating to 2012 or 2014 version in the new server.
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Gareth ChamberlainIT ManagerCommented:
Hello, It would be good to know what is forcing the upgrade? Are users complaining it is slow? Corporate standard ect...? I would run resource monitor and judge what is being used the most.

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25112Author Commented:
the move is not for performance requirement? it is due to some legality issues where the server is hosted. The new place that will host needs to install OS & SQL version from scratch in the new box.

right now, the focus is revolving on this:
if a more new SQL version should be chosen, (2012 or 2014) to replace the existing 2008 model, what are the pros and cons of going to 2012 or 2014.

(of course, the databases could be in compatibility mode of 2008 for a while too in the new environment, if needed)
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