Are you still looking for ways to migrate your old Windows 2003 Server? Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. Gartner estimates that there are eight million Windows Server 2003 OS instances that are still in operation. Not only that, SI Avanade reckons that of those eight million, 20% – or roughly 1.6 million- will miss the July 14 end of support date.
Giving server migrations a lower priority is a common problem, especially when other IT projects that have a higher perceived business value are competing for the same IT managers attention. However these servers for many organizations house the lifelines of their business information, including financial, legal and HR resources.
Before we get carried away, lets make something clear. End-of-Support does not mean that on July 15th all of your systems will somehow stop working. So, why should your business migrate off of your Windows Server 2003 instances?
- No More Updates or Patches – Patches keep your systems secure. And anyone running a Windows Server 2003 understands the amount of support that will be lost from this item alone. Windows Server 2003 had 35 critical updates released through extended support in 2013. With 20 additional critical updates released in 2014, support for keeping the Windows Server 2003 secure will no longer be available. This will leave your organization open to vulnerabilities, weaknesses and a potential data breach. Additionally, malfunctions will become more likely while spare parts become harder and harder to find. This will put your systems in great risk of a total shut down.
- No More Customer Support – That’s right folks. You can no longer contact Microsoft customer support if you run into an issue. You are on your own. Outside of the concerns with customer support, most applications running on Windows Server 2003 will also cease to be supported.
- No More Compatibility – Once Microsoft stops supporting Windows Server 2003, software and hardware manufactures will eventually stop designing their products to be compatible with it. This means that new items such as printers, scanners or fax machines may not be able to work properly with Windows Server 2003.
- New Versions of Windows Server Are Better – Since the 2003 model, Microsoft has released two more versions: Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2012. These newer versions feature many improvements over the decade-old technologies that Windows Server 2003 was built on. These improvements include better security, more online capabilities and easier integration with cloud platforms. Upgrading this technology can improve the speed and efficiency at which your company operates.
How Orion Can Help
Orion Server Administration experts can help you better weigh the pros and cons of migrating off of Windows Server 2003 in a context specific to your business. We will assess your full technology infrastructure and business processes and be able to recommend a new solution that is best for you. Once this process has been complete, we can migrate your servers for you, alleviating you of the burden.
Additionally, while we recommend that systems be migrated off of Windows Server 2003 prior to the July 14 deadline, we understand that this may not be immediately available. Orion can implement comprehensive controls to reduce attack vectors and provide support to help you bridge the gap to migration.