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.
Ready to move to the cloud? dinCloud can help plan and execute your cloud migration.
Our cloud specialists can help spin up a private virtual data center with dedicated firewall, virtual servers and storage.
Included in dinCloud’s private virtual data center stack are Virtual Desktops, Virtual Servers, and Virtual Storage, which can be configured to meet your organization’s unique needs. On an ongoing basis, dinCloud manages maintenance of your infrastructure, offering peace of mind with built-in threat protection, so you and your IT staff can focus on other strategic initiatives.
For more information about leveraging the cloud for your Windows Server 2003 migration, watch this video.
dinCloud Windows Server 2003 Migration to Cloud Promotion
Those running Windows Server 2003 can also benefit from a limited time offer to facilitate the cloud migration path. Through this incentive, organizations can save more than they would normally through a virtual infrastructure, while modernizing their operations. If interested in learning more about the limited time Windows Server 2003 Migration to Cloud promotion, read on for the next steps.
Windows Server 2003 Migration to Cloud – Next Steps
If you are running applications on Windows Server 2003 and would like to review your migration options, please complete our request information form, and one of our cloud specialists will contact you for a custom assessment.