Microsoft has announced that Windows Server 2003 will reach its End-of-Life on July 14, 2015. This has important ramifications for those businesses still employing this technology. It means:

  1. No Updates – In 2013 alone there were 37 Critical Updates released for Server 2003. Imagine, if you can, what impact zero updates will have on the security and operation of your infrastructure.
  2. No Compliance – After support ends, continued use of Server 2003 means you will likely fail to meet most industry-wide compliance standard and regulations. Individuals in the health care, financial and legal fields will be particularly affected by this and should be especially concerned.
  3. No Safe Haven – Even virtualized instances of Server 2003 will be unable to pass a compliance audit. Small Business Server 2003 will be similarly affected.
  4. Higher Costs – Steps needed to isolate and protect your 2003 servers will ultimately end up costing you more in the final analysis. Why expose your company to risk and spend more than you have to?

Migrating away from Windows Server 2003 at this time is nothing less than an investment in your organization’s future. And there’s no better time than now to begin the migration process. Here’s what you should do:

Step #1 – Call Simplex-IT! We’ll help you follow a process that will make the transition from Server 2003 as smooth as possible. Together we’ll:

Discover – all the software and workloads running on the server

Assess – and prioritize your applications and workloads based on type, criticality, complexity and risk

Target – a migration destination for each application and workload. Available options include Windows Server 2012, Windows Azure, Cloud OS Network and Office 365. Your choices will be driven by speed, ease of migration, cost and desired functionality

Migrate – Several vendors offer do-it-yourself tools while other migration services are available through Microsoft Partners such as Simplex-IT. We’ll help you choose the one that’s right for you!

Don’t make the mistake of waiting until it’s too late. Take the first step and call Simplex-IT today. Doing so will put you on the shortest path to achieving Vision, Confidence and Strategy in your Business IT!