Windows Server 2003 End of Life – it’s more than just an upgrade

Blog Author: Aaron Smith | May 28th, 2015

For businesses utilising Microsoft Server 2003, what will a less secure and stable server environment mean to your business?

The security risks are a problem waiting to happen, malicious attacks will inevitably increase exponentially as active support and security updates expire. The demise of Windows XP has already seen several known critical vulnerabilities that will never be patched.

Businesses run on servers and applications. You take steps to backup data, run security software and ensure patches are applied because you know how much it could cost you if that server goes down for hours, days or even weeks. With no updates to solve bugs and performance issues anything you can’t afford to fix will remain unsolved.

Yet when it comes to upgrading, we tend to put things off. “I’m too busy and that server is still working – it’s just not a priority for us” is a phrase we hear regularly but that is often just code for “we don’t think the benefits of upgrading outweigh the costs”.

However if you choose to wait until something goes wrong then you’ll no longer have a choice and it will definitely cost you a lot more than taking pro-active action now. If you also consider the additional benefits that any of the upgrade options can provide in terms of performance and easier maintenance, backups, restores etc., then the business case becomes very compelling.

The past 10 years has seen every facet of the operating system enhanced. Put aside the array of glossy new features, ‘things just work better with these technologies’. The obvious cybersecurity dangers and performance benefits should be enough of a motivator to reassess your options and avoid gambling with the risks of an outdated system.

Upgrade options include:

  • Replace the hardware and upgrade to Windows Server 2012 (or perhaps even Windows Server 2008 R2, depending on your applications and business needs)
  • Consider a private cloud solution such as Correct’s Private Cloud where you control access, security and where your data sits
  • Utilise a public cloud server option, such as Microsoft Azure, and stop worrying about updates and application availability
  • Shift existing legacy applications to a public cloud based Software-as-Service option

The path your business takes will depend on your explicit needs and whatever you do must deliver benefits beyond any peace of mind considerations – that’s where Correct Solutions can help.

With our years of experience, we can work with you and provide advice on the myriad of choices available to ensure it’s beneficial to the business. We know you’re busy so we’ve also designed our services with as much flexibility as possible to support you in exactly the way you need. We can fill the gaps in your resources (or even knowledge) so you can focus on the work that really adds value to your business.

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