Most businesses are fully aware that Microsoft will no longer provide official support Windows Server 2003 as of July 14, 2015. Yet, despite the risks, some organizations have yet to begin migrating their systems. It seems there is a misconception that if something is working, it doesn't need to be replaced.
What businesses don't realize is that they are putting their systems at risk by refusing to migrate. Servers continuing to operate past their useful life tend to fail more often, halting productivity and risking data loss. Not only that, but without patches and updates, the server is vulnerable to malware and security attacks.
For those organizations that are still running on Windows Server 2003, the time to act is now. "Although Microsoft has retired some products, it's been in an effort to make the new Server more streamlined and efficient across the board," wrote CIO contributor, Jack Dillman.
Windows Server 2012 will have new features that have not been found on Server 2003. Dillman said, for example, that "Datacenter and Standard now share the same features." He added that both have been improved upon, offering significant increases in processing power and RAM in addition to improved availability and failover clustering.
Microsoft also offers Azure as a migration option for businesses. Azure is a single platform for infrastructure, application and data that is hosted on Microsoft's datacenters.
So what does that mean for organizations? In an announcement on Cloud OS, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President of Server & Tools Marketing, Michael Park, highlighted four primary benefits:
- IT departments are able to manage cloud application that meet business demands in terms of speed, cost- effectiveness and flexibility.
- Employees gain a more personalized experience by working from virtually any device.
- End-users can navigate and access insights with little IT involvement.
- It is a single resource for managing datacenter resources, including servers, networks, storage, and applications.
The benefits of modernizing your infrastructure, far outweigh the costs and risks associated with staying on legacy servers. IT personnel wary of taking on the transition alone should contact Pinnacle, an Advanced Imaging Solutions company. We can help determine the best migration option for your business and assist with the transition your systems to minimize errors and disruption.
For more information about Windows Server 2012 or Microsoft Azure, or to start planning your migration, contact us today!