Microsoft has announced that Windows Server 2003 support will end on July 14, 2015. What does this mean for your business?
What this change simply means is that there will no longer be any patches or security updates for this server. Without these patches and security updates, your business is at greater risk to threats. Additionally, third-party applications and hardware vendors are expected to drop support for their products, which adds more risk of not receiving help when needed.
Your business may also experience compliance issues. With these compliance issues, the cost of doing business could increase in the form of high transaction fees and penalties or could also result in a loss of business. Also, without support, Windows Server 2003 will not pass a compliance audit like PCI.
If your business is using Windows Server 2003, start making plans to upgrade to Windows Server 2012, which allows for better computing, networking, and storage. Windows Server 2012 includes hybrid cloud support, backup and recovery, enterprise-class scale and performance, Hyper-V network virtualization, and is relatively low-cost.
This migration also grants you the opportunity to migrate from in-house data centers to cloud services like Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Office 365, which allows for faster implementation and can help increase productivity.
With hundreds upon hundreds of software and server applications, migrating servers take time. With the end-of-life date getting closer, it will be best to upgrade soon to keep your business running smoothly. Last minute changes will be more difficult and stressful in a time crunch.
What can you do to make the change? Check out Microsoft’s helpful Migration Planning Assistant