The end of Windows Server 2003 isn’t a disaster – it’s a fantastic opportunity. But, as usual, the whole world is approaching it from the wrong perspective. Doom, gloom, security risks, application compatibility challenges, compliance issues…..
Fortunately there is a silver lining here. You can get more from your technology investment and solve key business challenges at the same time as banishing the negatives. The opportunities in plain English are:
- Streamline your IT by consolidating applications onto fewer servers to save on hardware costs and get more from your investment. Virtualization is built into Windows Server 2012 R2 at no additional cost.
- Help your staff to do a better job by enabling remote access to on-site (or cloud hosted) business applications like CRM, HR and accounting;
- Improve your customer experience by being able to respond from anywhere at any time;
- Reassure your clients that their business is safe with you by letting them know your business can be back up and running in minutes and that you can keep business data protected, even when mobile devices go missing.
Yes, the end of extended support on July 14, 2015 does have significant implications for your Windows Server 2003 installations and this may result in a less stable and less secure infrastructure for your business. But you’re not alone – according to estimates, there are still millions of servers running Windows Server 2003. It was the workhorse of choice for many years, but the time has come for forward thinking businesses to migrate to a newer, fully supported platform.
There is a clear opportunity here to simplify your organisation’s IT while improving capability. Do you replace your on premise equipment, adopt a hybrid approach or move all your operations into the cloud?
This all requires a careful, measured approach and you will benefit from support as you move through a wide ranging technology change. Major IT projects need to be defined, planned and implemented properly to achieve maximum impact and prevent downtime.