Six considerations when planning your migration off Windows Server 2003

Zack Nimtz

With the approaching end of support for Windows Server 2003/R2, CIOs are pressured to come up with viable migration solutions for their line of business (LOB) applications. There are clear benefits associated with upgrading to a newer Windows option, including virtualization, standardization, enhanced features and capabilities, cloud platforms, etc. However, migrating your entire environment can be costly and time consuming.

If you think you don't have the budget for a migration, consider the costs associated with running your IT on unsupported software solutions, not to mention the risks of an unsecured IP.

In a recent IDC whitepaper, the research firm looked at migration options for businesses currently using Windows Server 2003/R2 and developed the following six considerations to help plan for a successful migration:

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Topics: Microsoft Azure, Cloud Services, Office 365

Grow your business, not your budget, with cloud computing

Zack Nimtz

Keeping up with the acceleration of new technology is expensive. Just as soon as you purchase an IT solution, it seems something better and faster becomes available. Although investing in IT solutions can be costly, the benefits of having newer tech can give you the boost needed to stay competitive.

Many CIOs that want the benefits of newer technology without the high cost it comes with are turning to cloud-based solutions. Cloud solutions enable organizations to keep their competitive edge without expanding their IT budgets. They are more cost-effective than on-prem solutions because businesses are only required to pay for what they need, as opposed to what they don't. This frees their budgets for other business-critical necessities.

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Topics: Microsoft Azure, Cloud Services

Organizations using Windows Server 2003 after July 14, 2015 are putting their data at risk

Zack Nimtz

Support for Windows Server 2003 family of products will be coming to its End of Support (EOS) on July 14, 2015.

We understand that this EOS brings complexities, but it also brings exciting possibilities to transform your Datacenter. Don't think of it as a lift and shift, but rather an opportunity to position your business for the future.

Now is the time to begin planning to migrate your applications off of Windows Server 2003. Your migration destination does not only include Windows Server 2012 R2, but also Microsoft Azure as well as Office 365.

So what happens when Windows Server 2003 support comes to and end?

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Topics: Microsoft Azure, Office 365

Closing out 2014 with our top 5 most popular posts

Zack Nimtz

With 2015 only hours away, we thought it would be a good opportunity to highlight our top five most popular posts of 2014. We hope you've enjoyed following our blog posts throughout the year and look forward to providing you with more technology-related posts in the New Year!

Top 5 Posts of 2015

1. The Fallacy of Planning

The Fallacy of Planning discusses the importance of iterative planning when it comes to large technology projects such as custom development.

Excerpt: With iterative planning, there are very few surprises by the end of the project. There may be some smaller ones during the project, but you can rest assured there won’t be any big ones at the end. Sometimes, the end result is totally different than what was originally envisioned, but that’s a good thing! Read more...

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Topics: Microsoft Azure, Cloud Services, IT Services, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Development, Network Security

Support is Ending for Windows Server 2003/R2

Zack Nimtz

The end of support for Windows Server 2003/R2 on July 14, 2015 could signal the beginning of a new stage in the evolution of your IT department. You have the opportunity to transform your datacenter and open up a whole new world for your business.

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Topics: Microsoft Azure, Cloud Services, Office 365