5 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows Server 2016
If you’re still using Windows 2003, it might come as a surprise that your business has a very…big…skeleton in your closet.
Windows Server 2003 is no longer supported as of July 2016.
As each month passes, it becomes increasingly more dangerous to run your business on this outdated operating system.
There will never again be an update or security patch released for Windows Server 2003. Ever. This means your network can easily be infiltrated by hackers with malicious intent.
Why is upgrading a good investment?
In the fall of 2016, Microsoft released Windows server 2016. As a business owner or manager, updating your server might be at the tail end of your “to do” list.
We understand you don’t get as excited about all the geeky specs of this new server like we do, but we know you DO want the server to do its job without downtime or other issues.
So have a quick peek at 5 reasons why upgrading to Windows Server 2016 is a worthwhile investment for your organization – it’s definitely worth a look!
1) Better Security
With the arrival of Server 2016, Microsoft has promised to include important security features such as Windows Defender, among many others.
Aside from the obvious risks of malware and outdated software vulnerability, if your business needs to remain compliant due to HIPAA or other guidelines, an older server could cause software and hardware compatibility issues since newer applications might not be compatible with older operating systems.
2) Less Downtime, More Productivity
The new server includes Nano Server. Microsoft reported that Nano Server is intended for fewer patches and updates, faster restarts, lower resource consumption and strengthened security.
According to Microsoft, Nano Server has 92% fewer critical bulletins and 80% fewer reboots than Windows Server.
This new option for Server 2016 translates into more productivity, less downtime and more revenue-generating tasks for your businesses.
3) More Applications and Reliability
Through the introduction of microservices and containers, processes that once previously restricted CPU and memory, are now segregated.
This allows your business businesses to run applications as consistently and securely as you want to. More applications running more reliably – what’s not to like?
4) More RAM
Windows Server 2016 includes up to 24 TB per physical server.
The decision to add more memory was based on customer demand. Businesses want to run more RAM-heavy apps like SQL Server databases, more applications and new technologies like containers, which surpasses the limits of Windows Server 2012.
5) All the Benefits of the Cloud –To Your Own Servers
Windows Server 2016 is an important piece of the Microsoft hybrid cloud platform. Since applications are at the core of every business or organization, Microsoft’s Windows Server 2016 offers new ways to run and deploy existing and cloud-native applications (both on premise or in Microsoft Azure).
Microsoft said it best – Windows Server 2016 delivers new industry-leading scalability to virtualize any and every workload without exception.
A more powerful server can offer your Milwaukee area business better performance and scalability so you have the resources and flexibility you need in a server as your organization grows and expands into the future.
No Time or Resources to Upgrade? No Problem
If you don’t have the time or resources to handle a migration project, contact Ontech Systems.
Often times, many of our clients find that upgrading is more reasonable than initially expected and that the benefits definitely outweighed the risks.
Call Ontech at (262) 522-8560 or request a Free Network Discovery.
We can put together a plan to minimize disruption as much as possible and answer all your Windows Server 2016 questions.
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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.