This is one of our more serious posts, as we will address an issue that could put your business in serious risk. Microsoft ended mainstream support for their Windows Server 2003 product on July 14, 2015 so if you have not yet migrated to a more state-of-the-art server solution you could be in serious trouble. The end of mainstream support for any major product hails in a new era of issues as product updates will no longer be available thus exposing your critical systems to viruses, malware, hackers and the like.
Let’s discuss those risks in further detail. With the lack of updates and paid support for the Windows Server 2003 product you will be exposing your critical business infrastructure to potential threats such as viruses and hackers. The patches that Microsoft regularly releases to combat these threats will no longer be available leaving your data exposed. This can be particularly dangerous to businesses that have liability exposure such as protected healthcare information and legal files.
Migration to a modern server platform such as Windows Server 2012 R2 should be a top priority for any business still running Windows Server 2003. Maintaining legacy server hardware as well as software is expensive in the long run and will not save your company money; rather it will incur additional expenditures, as you will need to enhance your security infrastructure in order to keep the hackers out. There are other solutions such as virtualization, e.g. Windows Azure, however we find that most businesses will do just fine by migrating to Windows Server 2012 R2. No matter which solution you wish to migrate to, it should be noted to do it sooner than later as the average server migration takes Approx. 200 days to complete.
You may also consider offloading some of your legacy server components into the cloud by virtue of Microsoft Office365. Some of the servers that Office365 supports in the cloud are Exchange Server, SharePoint Server and Skype for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync Online).
- Discovery: Determine which applications and workloads are running Windows Server 2003 today.
- Assess: Categorize applications and workloads by type, importance and degree of complexity.
- Target: Choose a migration destination for each application and workload, either in the datacenter or the cloud.
- Migrate: Build your migration plan – do it yourself, collaborate with a partner, or use a service such as Absolute Computer Solutions.
Plan for the future today, as this problem is here to stay! Using the above framework can be complex and will require an in-depth analysis of your current IT infrastructure. Today is an excellent time to take charge of your business and to plan for your future business and IT needs.
Do you still have questions on migrating your legacy server? The server migration experts at Absolute Computer Solutions are ready to assist you with a variety of solutions for upgrading your IT infrastructure. Contact us today for more information – there is no obligation and consults are absolutely free.