Most businesses are well aware that as of last year, Windows XP is no longer supported. This year, the same thing is happening to the extremely popular and widely used server operating system, Windows Server 2003.
What’s Happening and Why Does It Matter to My Business?
As of July 14, 2015, businesses using Windows Server 2003 will see an end to technical support from Microsoft, along with an end to security patches and bug fixes. Companies that are still using Windows Server 2003 after this date will also face application support challenges, as application vendors discontinue support for their own products on this old operating system, and many businesses will face compliance issues as well.
This Isn’t Just About a Server Software Upgrade
The reality is that for many customers this is about more than just Windows Server 2003. Given the age of the operating system, it’s likely that it’s installed on aging hardware platforms and serving outdated software products which are approaching or already past their support life cycles, leaving businesses at even further potential risk should a problem arise.
Let IT Decisions Help Your Company Successfully Migrate!
While many customers may feel like they are being forced to update Windows Server 2003 whether they want to or not, the reality is that Microsoft’s support policies for its software products are relatively generous. The Windows Server 2003 product is now in its 12th year of use and has long been a reliable part of many organizations’ infrastructure, which is the very reason that so many businesses have seen little reason to upgrade. At IT Decisions, our team is ready to help each of our clients take advantage of this necessary Windows Server upgrade requirement, and move forward with more modern, reliable operating systems and hardware platforms!