If your organization is still using SQL Server 2005, this might be a good time to begin mapping out your strategy for replacing the 10-year-old relational database management system. Come April 12th of next year, Microsoft is pulling the plug on extended support for SQL Server 2005.
Early this month, electric car manufacturer, Tesla patched the software on its Model S luxury sedan shortly after two security researchers discovered they could plant a Trojan into the system allowing them to remotely control the vehicle even while someone else was driving it. The Tesla hack is just one of the latest of a string of demos showing how easily today’s computerized and connected automobiles can be commandeered by hackers.
In simpler – and more static – times, Identity and Access Management (IAM) was primarily an inside job, meaning that employees would access applications and companies would establish access privileges to company data via user provisioning, compliance reporting, and single-sign-on functions from behind the safe confines of a firewall.
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.