What does End of Life mean?
When Server 2008 reaches its end of life on 19/01/15, it will leave mainstrem support stage which means a few things: Microsoft will no long fufil requests to change product design and features or provide complimentary support included with the license(phone and online support options).
However, Microsoft will still provide secuity updates, paid support and self-help support by way of the online Microsoft Knowledge Base until the Server 2008's end of support date.
Upgrade - The benefits of Server 2008
- Hyper-V virtualization
- Feature-rich server core
- Self-healing NTFS
- Windows Powershell
- Cheaper than Server 2012
Alternative to Server 2008
Windows Server® powers many of the worlds' largest datacenters, enables small businesses around the world, and delivers value to organizations of all sizes in between. Building on this legacy, Windows Server 2012 redefines the category, delivering hundreds of new features and enhancements spanning virtualization, networking, storage, user experience, cloud computing, automation, and more. Simply put, Windows Server 2012 helps you transform your IT operations to reduce costs and deliver a whole new level of business value.