Migration plans just didn’t gel as expected? Still can’t find a good reason to justify a switch? Perhaps there’s just no budget for it right now…
Whatever the reason, your organization missed Microsoft’s July 14 end-of-support deadline (EOS) for Windows Server 2003 (WS 2003) despite the dire warnings that have been playing out in the media these past few months.
The warnings have been issued; the time is at hand. As of July 14, 2015, Microsoft ceased support of Windows Server 2003 and Small Business Server 2003 operating systems. That means no more technical support, no more content updates, no more protection from any new security threats and, for many organizations, no way to pass compliance audits.
It's not a question of if the channel will incorporate a cloud offering into their portfolios, but when, and the clock is ticking. Failure to embrace the cloud will lead to failure for most channel companies because the cloud – private, public, and hybrid – is the future of IT.
Once a niche phenomenon, shadow IT—in which end users purchase and run cloud solutions without the IT department’s knowledge or involvement—is now a solidly embedded part of the corporate technology landscape.
There is a very strong relationship between cloud computing and business continuity/disaster recovery (BC/DR). Many of the key elements of the cloud – geographic diversity, highly available equipment, and high level security – are precisely what are called for when companies put a BC/DR plan together.
The good news if you’ve successfully migrated off of Microsoft’s Windows Server 2003 operating system is that you no longer need to worry about the fast-approaching date when support for that product ends. The bad news is that you may have a whole new upgrade process awaiting you.
According to research released in 2014 by the Pew Research Center, 81 percent of Americans feel "not very" or "not at all secure" while sharing private information with another trusted person or organization via a social media site.
IT has traditionally been cautious for many reasons. It’s always been IT’s role to enable the business by providing the computing resources needed to not only run the company, but also deliver capabilities to both customers and staff that differentiate it from competitors. Control over the computing environment was a hallmark of responsible IT, and that meant keeping programs and data inside the walls of the enterprise.