What Windows Server® 2003 End of Life Means for Your Business
After July 14th, 2015, any critical line-of-business systems on Windows Server® 2003 will receive no support, no updates and no patches to combat security issues. In other words, ALL businesses operating Windows Server® 2003 after 7/14/15 – are at risk.
You might be thinking this is going to be too expensive and time consuming to upgrade now. But contrary to what you might think, putting this off could end up costing your business MORE in maintenance and security.
REDUCE your costs and improve security
Upgrading reduces your energy costs, brings you cost-effective storage and built-in disaster recovery. In the long term, servers running Windows Server® 2012 R2 REDUCE your costs and improve security.
Aside from the obvious security risks, here are the top 3 benefits you’ll receive from upgrading to Windows Server® 2003:
1) Run Your Systems with the Latest Technology
Capabilities: Windows Server® 2012 R2 is a big step forward and brings new capabilities and features including virtualization, cost-effective storage, remote access and reliable disaster recovery.
Virtualization: Virtualization allows users to get more from each server and eliminate server sprawl (i.e. poor hardware resource utilization, poor system and software level security, and wasted energy).
Reduce Your Energy Costs: Old hardware and software cost more to run and maintain than newer, energy efficient systems. Upgrading can actually reduce your energy costs.
2) Receive Improved Security and Full Support
Windows Server® 2012 R2 brings increased security, built-in disaster recovery and includes warranties for parts and service. In 2013, Microsoft released 37 critical updates for Windows Server 2003.
After July 14th, 2015, NO new updates will be released. This means unsupported servers are more likely to be attacked by malicious parties. As we’ve seen with other types of software vulnerabilities, without question, your business will be at risk if you are running Windows Server 2003 after support has ended.
3) More Powerful Servers and Peace of Mind
Better Performance: With better performance and scalability, Windows Server® 2012 R2 is designed to meet the needs of businesses.
From easier remote access, to a consistent user experience, as your company grows and expands into the future, you’ll have the resources and flexibility you need in a server.
Fast and Easy Set-up: Pre-installed for simplicity, set-up is faster and easier with improved performance, simplified management and more affordable storage options.
Peace of Mind: With end of support near, many businesses are making the upgrade simply for the peace of mind, knowing if the unexpected occurs, their business will recover quickly and their data is protected.
Remember, end of support for Windows Server® 2003 is July 14, 2015, which will be here before you know it.
A smooth migration is dependent upon having enough lead-time, so this is not the time to procrastinate since the risks and costs significantly increase the longer you wait.
“But We Don’t Have the Time or Resources to Handle a Migration Project Right Now.”
That’s why we’re here. It’s easier to upgrade now than waiting until end of support makes things more challenging.
You might be surprised (as many of our clients are) that upgrading is more reasonable than you expected and certainly, that the benefits far outweigh the risks.
Contact Ontech Systems at (262) 522-8560 or schedule a Free Network Discovery where we can put together a plan that will show you exactly what it would take.
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*This security analysis is not all encompassing. However, the results of this analysis may prompt additional recommendations that are more focused on specific aspects of your environment. EX: PCI & HIPAA audits, in-depth anti-virus testing, firewall/router audit, etc.