Windows Server 2003 End-of-Life is Almost Here. What’s Your Game Plan?

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Windows Server 2003 end-of-life (EOL) is fast approaching. After July 14, 2015, Microsoft will no longer issue security updates for any version of Windows Server 2003. While many IT teams are scrambling to put a migration plan in place, it is currently estimated that there are between 2.6 million and 11 million installations of  Windows Server 2003 in the market globally. Security and support are critical components of any IT environment – particularly in light of the massive data breaches that have occurred over the past year. So even if your Windows 2003 server environment is stable right now, why risk running business-critical applications on a server that will never be supported again?

Windows Server 2003 end-of-life poses major security risks

We get it. You’ve run Windows Server 2003 for years now. But may we remind you that Windows Server 2003 was released almost 10 years ago (December 2005 for Windows Server 2003 R2)? And that it’s likely you’re running applications originally developed for a 32-bit operating system.

And then there’s the issue of maintenance. Be honest – if you’re still running Windows Server 2003, have you been proactive with routine maintenance, patching, upgrades, etc.? We didn’t think so.

The case for Microsoft SQL Server 2014

There still it time for you to upgrade and migrate your Windows Server 2003 environment. But you need to act now by engaging with a trusted team of cloud and database experts that can help you make a seamless transition into a new, cloud-based environment. Upgrading from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 may seem like a logical next step. However, as good as Windows Server 2012 may be, what you really need is a cloud-based IT environment that is affordable, secure, and adapts with your changing business needs. And that’s where Microsoft SQL Server 2014 comes in.

Microsoft SQL Server 2014 from HOSTING supports hybrid IT environments with common tools and the ability to extend applications directly to HOSTING public and private cloud offerings, including those built on the Microsoft Azure Pack.It delivers AlwaysOn access to business-critical data and applications 24 x 7 x 365.

Combined with HOSTING’s world-class infrastructure and support services, Microsoft SQL Server 2014 from HOSTING delivers AlwaysOn access to business-critical data and applications 24 x 7 x 365. Database access and resiliency is assured with failover clustering, active/passive secondary instances and rapid recovery from scheduled or unscheduled downtime. HOSTING backs this solution with industry-leading service level agreements (SLAs). Bottom line – your environment is kept secure, up-to-date and available at all times.

HOSTING migration services for Windows Server 2003

Why wait? July 14th will be here before you know it. HOSTING cloud and database experts can work with you to develop a comprehensive, actionable game plan for migrating from Windows Server 2003, including project scope, resource allocation, capability and budget parameters. Our data migration experts serve as trusted partners and advisors, ensuring a successful Windows 2003 Server migration. Contact HOSTING anytime to discuss your specific situation. And view our on-demand webinar, Taking the Pain out of Microsoft SQL Upgrades, for more information.






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