Microsoft will end support for Windows Server 2003/R2 on July 14, 2015 so make sure to mark your calendars. Now is the time to migrate.
Understand what end of support means
End of support for Windows Server 2003/R2 can have a dramatic impact on your
business. It will mean no more updates or patches from Microsoft, which can result in
a less stable and less secure infrastructure for your organization.
Microsoft will no longer develop or release any updates after ending support. To put this in perspective 37 critical updates were released in 2013 for Windows Server 2003/R2 under extended support. Imagine what impact zero updates will have on your infrastructure.
After support ends, your organization will likely fail to meet most industrywide compliance standards and regulations. This could result in lost business or dramatically increase the cost of doing business, in the form of high transaction fees and penalties.
The costs of maintaining your legacy servers can add up quickly. Maintenance costs for aging hardware will likely increase, and you will have to deal with added costs for intrusion detection systems, more advanced firewalls, and network segmentation—all simply to isolate 2003 servers. Staying put will likely cost more in the end.
No safe haven
Without continued support from Microsoft, your virtualized and physical instances of Windows Server 2003/R2 will not pass a compliance audit. Microsoft Small Business Server (SBS) 2003 will also be affected.
Choosing the right migration plan may require some additional analysis and assistance. Com-Tech is a Microsoft Certified Partner, we specialize in system integrations, and also Business Class Servers and other hardware. If you are currently using Windows Server 2003 and you need assistance migrating, we are here to help and provide you with that targeted solution you need for your business.
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