Microsoft has announced the end of life (EOL) for Windows Server 2003. They say that continued use of the operating system after discontinued support may result into a less stable and less secure infrastructure for your organization. Let us have a closer look at why you need to prepare your business for migration to another solution before Microsoft ceases support for the operating system in July 14, 2015.
Enjoy better security
One of the things that give business owners sleepless nights is security vulnerability. The end of life for Windows Server 2003 means there will be no more security updates or support from Microsoft for the operating system. This portends a huge security risk for the companies that choose to continue using it after the end-of-support date as they can become susceptible to cyber-attacks, data breaches and countless security breakdowns.
The continued use of Windows Server 2003 after Microsoft bins it may result into non-compliance of some HIPAA and PCIA compliance requirements. This could cause you loss of business or considerably increase in your cost of operation due to civil penalties and high transaction costs.
Increased support cost
One of the biggest problems that arise after the software is no longer supported, is that the forced upgrade costs a lot of money since there is a whole lot of hardware and software required. However, the cost of maintaining legacy servers and implementing special security protocols for the outdated software are equally high and eventually prove to be more expensive. Therefore, it is advisable to upgrade your software once and for all other than propping outdated software at unnecessary costs.
Successful migration takes time
Setting up a server is a delicate matter. It requires time to do it well and do necessary tests to make sure there are no system crushes or gaping security holes. You therefore do not want to wait until the last minute to start considering your options. You have a lot of data in your current server that you do not want to lose. Therefore, you should take enough time to make sure that all your files are securely backed up and ready for the upgrade.
After that, you can then pick whatever upgrade or alternatives that you see fit and set that up. Then do your tests until you are satisfied. From now till July, this seems like a lot of time, but if you consider all you have to do before then, it is less than enough. Therefore, you should start working on your migration plans right now.
Migration may not be smooth
Migration from one server to another may be more hectic than setting up new servers. Migration will mean buying new servers, which can be costly, incompatibility of your servers with your current application is a real possibility, and you might have to change your applications as well.
A simpler solution may be to move your operations to the cloud and save yourself the trouble of worrying about servers and applications. You can talk to IT experts about the options available to you, and they can certainly help you with the migration instead of you doing on your own.
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