After reading the current commentary about Microsoft ending support for Windows Server 2003, you might be forgiven for thinking that on the 14th of July the stars will fall out of sky.
Why, what’s happening?
At the ripe old age of 12, Windows Server 2003 is now a very old software product, and so from the 14th July, Microsoft won’t release any more updates, security patches or fixes for this software. You will also no longer be able to access support from Microsoft relating to this product.
So do I need to worry?
Do you have any servers running Windows Server 2003? If not, then you don’t need to worry about this issue.
If any of your servers are running Windows Server 2003, then now is the time to act to make plans for migrating to new software.
The risks of using unsupported software include:
- Security – as Microsoft will no longer be issuing security patches, your servers may become vulnerable to attack and data loss
- Compliance – your servers will no longer be compliant with regulatory and industry standards: e.g. PCI/DSS for payment processing
- Lack of integration – as your software ages, it may no longer integrate with the other applications you use to run your business
- Costs – supporting out of date software will cost you more in maintenance and additional measures to keep your servers running and secure
But won’t migrating to new software cost a lot?
There’s always a cost to upgrading – but the good news is that it could be more than offset by improvements in efficiency, productivity and even running costs.
I really don’t want to disrupt the business right now…
Migration doesn’t have to be disruptive. This is a good opportunity to think strategically about your infrastructure, and to take advantage of some of the latest technologies to support your business ambitions, as well as making processes more efficient.
You could consider:
- Auditing your business applications and software, and assessing whether you can make efficiencies
- Moving some or all your infrastructure to the cloud, which can save you money, and improve productivity and running costs
- Using virtualisation to reduce the number of servers you need, saving you money and making your network more efficient
- Upgrading to faster and more efficient servers – we estimate that a new server can cost up to £1,000 less per year to run than a six year old one
Still want to know more? Watch Microsoft’s own video on the subject (below), give us a call on 020 7043 7044 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org.