If you don’t already know, all Windows Server 2008 products reach the end of their support lifecycle in January 2020. But what does that actually mean? And do you need to do anything about it?
Microsoft is paving the way for more modern systems, and let’s be honest, these old servers can’t go on forever, so it’s time to move on. With server products already 11 years old, businesses have steadily been moving away from them and taking advantage of more modern systems which offer so much more.
What do you need to do?
You need to upgrade. Yes, it’s easy to see end-of-support deadlines as a burden but be positive – Microsoft can help you.
If you’re a 2008 Server customer, Microsoft has an array of options to help you move from this outdated server to something better and more suitable for your business. We’ll get on to these in a minute.
But what happens if you don’t do anything about it?
If you don’t take action before the January 14th deadline you are putting your business at serious risk. After this date Windows will no longer offer bug fixes and security updates. This means that these systems will be vulnerable to cyber-attacks and ‘zero-day’ attacks which exploit previously unknown vulnerabilities.
Outdated server platforms also restrict a businesses ability to grow and function effectively as innovative software solutions are incompatible. You need to make sure your business infrastructure is secure and modern.
Sage customers could also encounter issues with their SQL server. Click here for more information about the end of support.
What are your options?
Microsoft can provide a new server, either Server 2016 or Server 2019 depending on your requirements. And this can be either physical or virtual. All of your data and services can be migrated to this modern, future-proof server.
Migration to Microsoft Azure
Microsoft Azure is Microsoft’s cloud hosting platform. This is a great opportunity to move your business into the future! Cloud hosting brings lots of benefits and offers more security than ever before.
Benefits of moving to the cloud?
Moving to cloud computing helps you reduce operational costs, IT spending and IT maintenance costs. It’s more efficient, more secure, and you can increase your cloud capacity as your business grows without having to invest in physical infrastructure. There are more benefits. Click here.
Microsoft can provide solutions either on premises or in the cloud. If you feel a bit overawed by the options, we’ll help you find the best solution for you and your business. Contact us for help and advice.