Microsoft has called it a day on support for Windows Server 2003.
Start planning your migration now
With the average server migration taking 100 days, and 41% of SMBs still running Windows Server 2003, Microsoft is advising businesses to start planning their migration now.
Of course Server 2003 won’t suddenly stop working for any of the estimated 10 million servers globally that are still running Windows Server 2003 as soon as support expires. Windows Server 2003 workloads will keep on running and users will still be able to access the resources they require. However, Microsoft will no longer be providing official fixes for bugs and vulnerabilities that may emerge after 14th July this year, leaving businesses with a heavy security and compliance burden, especially those in regulated industries such as banking and insurance.
Mid-market businesses should seize the opportunity to move to the cloud
Whilst the process of moving to Windows Server 2012 may be a head ache, it will have its rewards, delivering better performance and boosting organisational efficiency and productivity.
End of support for Windows Server 2003 could also trigger an increase in cloud adoption, with results of a recent survey* indicating that 69% of SMBs consider an infrastructure refresh to be an opportunity to adopt cloud.
Alex Hilton, CEO of cloud industry bodyCIF, said: “Over the next year we can say with some confidence that first-time cloud adoption will increase by 12 points – or 15%.” If this is borne out, then 90% of all businesses in the UK will be using at least one cloud service by the end of 2015.
Contact our team to discuss how the end of support for Windows Server 2003 could be an opportunity to transform your business.
*The Vanson Bourne annual study, conducted in June 2014 on behalf of CIF