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Windows Server 2003 - Please Leave the Building!

If your company has an ageing Windows server 2003 still on the network, then you need to do something about it, as it's days are very much numbered...

Windows Server 2003 - Please Leave the Building!

Windows server 2003 and server 2003 SBS are reliable workhorses, but they go end-of-life in July 2015, and businesses need to think about migrating away from them - if they haven't already.

What is going to happen?

After July 14th 2015, Microsoft is ending support for Server 2003 and Server 2003 SBS.  That means that much like Windows XP when that went out of support in 2014, your server operating system will no longer be supported by Microsoft.  This means that there will be no more security updates or patches and you will potentially be at risk from cyber attacks.   Third-party software vendors will also start to scale back support for Server 2003 and you may find that newer applications or upgrades do not install or function correctly.

Should we be worried?

Short answer is no.  A lot of businesses are in the same position, so you are not alone.  You should bear in mind that as well as the Server Operating System going end-of-life, it is likely that any hardware running Server 2003 is likely to be fairly old, so that is another reason to do something about it.  The key is to get a plan in place and migrate your data and systems in a controlled manner, to your timescale.

What do we need to do?

There are a myriad of options, ranging from physical server replacements and hosted servers to migrating to a cloud-based infrastructure.  Every business is different, and no two IT solutions are going to be the same.  If you are unsure about which way to go, then get in touch with us and we can take a look at what you have now and give you some options.   We are experts in server migrations and cloud solutions, and we will give you impartial advice that will help you decide which way to go.   We can also plan and implement the solution you decide to go with.

Newer server Operating Systems and cloud solutions give you so much more flexibility than server 2003, so although this is a mandatory change, you will probably find that the new functionality will be of huge benefit to the way you work.

Call us now on 0117 9118081 for expert advice and server solutions

Published by: Jon Hoare | Tagged: windows,news
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