The July 14 Windows Server 2003 end-of-life deadline is now upon us and we continue to actively work with our clients to plan and execute migration strategies to move all applications off of Windows 2003 servers. Migrating off end-of-life systems is critical to ensure performance and security. Starting July 14, Microsoft will no longer be sending patches for reported bugs or system updates for Windows 2003. Servers that remain in service will result in a growing number of security hole and performance issues. Industry analysts predict that there are about 8 million businesses worldwide that haven’t migrated so if you are one you are not alone.
Why haven’t 100% of clients migrated yet? In some cases, an organization finds itself dependent on legacy third-party software or their system is part of a legacy product or service offering. In other cases, organizations require application development or re-architecture in order to migrate. Many of these customers feel limited by complicated migrations or concerns about cost.
It’s important to note that most migrations are challenging and have many variables. However, the potential security risks and regulatory noncompliance that can result from using an out-of-date system for mission critical workloads far outweigh those of migrating. Additionally, there have been significant improvements made since Windows 2003, including Hyper-V, improved system scale, DirectAccess, and server management, to name a few.
As a managed service provider, it is our job to warn our clients of these impending security concerns as well as use our years of Microsoft expertise to implement migration solutions for end-of-life scenarios. We can assist our clients to plan and execute three main types of Windows Server 2003 migrations:
- Traditional IT Environments: provides on-demand raw storage, firewalls, load balancers, and network infrastructure necessary to power mission-critical business applications.
- Migration to Azure Public Cloud: combines the scale, availability and elasticity of the Azure cloud with Datapipe’s extensive suite of managed services, tools and experience to get enterprises running in their new Azure environments quickly, with less overhead and more predictability.
- Migration to Microsoft Private Cloud: combines Microsoft Cloud OS with System Center 2012 and Hyper-V to provide a seamless private cloud designed for enterprise workloads.
Whether an organization requires the enterprise, public-cloud features of Microsoft Azure, a custom private cloud with the Microsoft Cloud OS stack, or hybrid combination, we provide a unified view of all Microsoft infrastructures. In fact, specifically for the Windows Server 2003 end-of-life project, we have partnered with Microsoft in support and guidance, marketing, planning, and customer migration incentives to ensure our clients have all the resources they need to plan their migrations accordingly.
It is our mission in everything we do to leverage our expertise, experience and infrastructure to enable enterprises to maximize potential and minimize downtime. If you have concerns about your Windows 2003 migration, visit our Migration Services page on our website or contact our award winning customer support team.