The End is Near for Windows Server 2003

The End is Near for Windows Server 2003

If you haven’t heard the news, starting July 14, 2015, Windows Server 2003 support will be non-existent. This could be big news if you’re still running on Windows 2003, but don’t panic just yet. Before you make any system changes, find out what this means for you. SPI Innovations can provide you with the solution you need.

What does this mean for Windows Server 2003 users?

Beginning July 14th, patches and security updates will no longer occur and you’ll receive no continued help from Microsoft. This change will put your business, documents, and data at risk if you are still running on Server 2003. If there is a new threat on your system, it will not be addressed or brought to your attention to be fixed.

Industry experts estimate that there are over 10 million machines still running on Windows Server 2003. Those that are in a regulated industry will cause a major compliance burden in just a few months. Organizations in the U.S. that store sensitive data and are obligated to use supported operating systems must migrate their servers to a currently supported operating system. Any companies that continue to run on Windows Server 2003 after July 14th will start to fail standard compliance audits.

How do I prepare myself?

Always review all of your options. If you’re running Server 2003 and haven’t devised a strategy plan yet, consider contacting SPI Innovations to help you with your migration. Staying dormant and not making any server changes is not a viable solution.

If you are running software from a third party supplier, the first step in a migration would be to contact that supplier to make sure their software is compatible with upgraded Microsoft server technology.  If your supplier does not offer a migration path off of Server 2003, you may have to consider migrating away from your supplier.  Once you understand your software migration options, it is important to put a migration plan together which will minimize the risk to your business and afford you the opportunity to sunset Server 2003.

A good migration plan should assess replacement hardware as well as the potential of migrating your server 2003 workload to the cloud as a way of mitigating risks and holding down costs.  The cloud is a viable solution for many business owners today and SPI Innovation has the experience necessary to make a successful cloud migration happen.

For more information or help with migrating your server, call SPI Innovations at 989-695-9661.  Don’t wait until it’s too late.

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