Support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will end on January 14, 2020, yet many businesses are still not ready. Your company should already be taking steps to upgrade to newer servers.
Windows Server 2008 was released in February 2008 as the successor to Windows Server 2003. The 2008R2 was released at the Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles that same year. They’ve been dependable and consistent, so most users love them. They featured better security, a clean design, and much faster speeds so they were an instant hit.
Many of our clients throughout Charlotte and surrounding areas are using these servers in spite of the impending end of support situation. Yes, these were reliable servers that you’ve depended on for years. But once support ends, you’re a major target for cyber thieves. Just one cyber breach costs over $1.3 million and some small businesses are never able to recover fully.
Other Reasons to Switch
Nobody seems to like change and our clients are wondering if it’s essential to replace the Server 2008 and 2008 R2. Absolutely! And the reason is simple but very important. At the time, these machines are in extended end-of-life support. Though security updates are still available, this will not be true for long. Once all support ends on January 14, 2020, you should already be moved over to a new system.
How Important is IT Security & Compliance?
At the end of support, critical security updates will stop as well. This means there won’t be any security protection for your equipment. You’ll go straight to the top of the cyber criminal’s list. You could be vulnerable to some data breaches including zero-day exploits.
Can you afford for your data to be at risk? What about compliance with industry regulations? If this stuff matters to you, then get ready to upgrade your servers.
The penalty for waiting could be severe too. You may not be able to get fast service if some companies wait till the last minute. But if you continue to use those old servers, your IT assets will be at risk. If you process credit-card transactions, you may not meet PCI-DSS standards. For healthcare organizations, there’s the risk of not being compliant with HIPAA. This could result in penalties and fines.
What About IT Costs?
For equipment like this that has reached its end of life, all managed IT providers will charge more for managing and maintaining it. The reason is that this older equipment will no longer get regular patches and security updates. That makes it more risky to use and harder to work on.
If you continue using Servers 2008 or 2008 R2, you could run into problems like unresolvable outages. This could result in lost data, as well as lower productivity. Most businesses can’t afford frequent downtime.
Why Not Upgrade Now?
Microsoft is recommending that business owners migrate to the Azure Cloud. Other good options include SQL 2017, Azure SQL DB or Azure SQL Managed Instance. These are solid replacements that will provide the service and security you need. They will come designed with some exciting new features built in that offer better productivity and faster speeds.
In the years since Server 2008 or 2008 R2 came out, there have been a lot of changes in the world of Internet hardware and software. There are new programs out now that your business can take advantage of if you’re running the latest and best servers and server operating systems. There are lots of other benefits:
How Does The Upgrade Process Work?
Our upgrade specialists begin by assessing your current IT environment, making a list of all programs and other hardware that could be affected. Next, we ensure that everything will be compatible. We also make sure that all security stays in effect and working throughout the process so there are no risks of cyber threats.
What To Expect After Upgrading
You should see immediate improvements in performance. The newer equipment will be more reliable and it’s easier to protect from common causes of an outage. Your cybersecurity will be improved and your system will be easier to recover in case of a disaster. You can also expect regular patches and updates. These will further enhance performance. You’ll be pleased with the faster speeds.
Ready To Upgrade Your Server 2008 or 2008R2?
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