Microsoft will soon cease to offer support for Windows Server 2003. The deadline for security patches, technical support and software updates is coming soon (this July 2015) – now mere weeks away. Although the operating system will continue to operate following end of support, those running the aging system will be susceptible to cyber attack, run compliance risk, and face compatibility issues.
In fact, Windows Server 2003 poses what is estimated to be the most significant security threat for global organizations in 2015.
However, according to US-Cert, approximately 12 million physical servers worldwide were still running Windows Server 2003 in July 2014. If widespread use continues, and the necessary steps towards migration aren’t enacted, many organizations will expose their operations to unnecessary risk.
Timing couldn’t be worse, with threats and attacks on the rise. Organizations of all sizes need to assess their exposure to this risk.
How Windows Server 2003 EOS will Impact IT
When compared to the recent Windows XP end of life deadline, Windows Server 2003 end of support has not received nearly as much attention, yet it carries equivalent risk. To avoid security breach, migration is imperative. Furthering the urgency for migration, hosting service providers will soon require customers to transition to supported platforms. When these factors are compounded, along with the additional cost that organizations will incur if they do not meet the migration deadline, it’s clear there is urgency for organizations to evaluate the workloads that are currently running on this expiring operating system.