Support for Windows Server 2003 will end on July 15th 2015.
Ensure you are not breaching compliance regulations or putting your business' security at risk!
From July 15th 2015, Microsoft will stop issuing updates and security patches for Windows Server 2003, which means that any servers running this operating system will be a security risk for your business.
If you're required to adhere to any compliance regulations, such as those imposed on Financial Services companies by the FCA, you will also find yourself in breach of compliance if you do not upgrade the outdated servers.
What will happen if I don't upgrade?
- Systems left vulnerable - Unpatched servers are a security risk as updates that protect against new cyber threats will no longer be applied. If your business holds critical data or business applications on these servers then you are taking a huge risk by not upgrading.
- Breach of compliance - leading to hefty fines, companies like Visa and Mastercard may withdraw services and you will lose business and reputation.
- Stay in the past while competition gets ahead - Windows Server 2003 was released over 12 years ago, long before services like cloud computing were available. It was designed to run on decade old infrastructure, with decade old business needs. If you don't upgrade, you're not giving your business the best chance to grow by taking advantage of new technologies.
If you are still running Windows Server 2003 in your business, now is the perfect time to improve your business and invest in new technologies to give yourself a competitive edge.
You can reduce costs, increase flexibility and increase productivity. There are three main options available:
In house infrastructure
With this option, all of your IT hardware will be located on your business premises. This is more of a traditional IT model, but is costly. This option requires capital expenditure on new servers and software. It is less cost effective as you have to purchase and own the equipment, and are responsible for running costs, cooling, maintenance and ultimately replacement.
Integration with cloud services will be more limited, and you will have to ensure the physical security of equipment. Ultimately there will be less room for flexibility and scalability, but you retain maximum control over IT.
Do you really need or want on-premise hardware when there are other options available that may be more attractive from a cost perspective, without sacrificing productivity benefits?
Fully hosted cloud infrastructure
With this model, no infrastructure is located physically on the business premises. Rather, IT is provided 'as a service'. Only desktops, laptops and thin-clients are located on the business premises. All servers, data and applications are located off-site in a datacentre. This requires little or no capital expenditure, and everything is paid for on a subscription basis and relies on a high speed internet connection to work.
Cost efficiencies are very high under this OPEX model as you never pay for computing power or storage space that you don't use, but a large amount of control over IT is surrendered.
A hybrid set-up may provide businesses with the best of both worlds; greatly increased flexibility and scalability coupled with a high level of control over IT. Capital expenditure is reduced, with more costs being spread into predictable monthly payments that are easier to manage.
You can benefit from reduced maintenance costs, you can be assured that security of your data is being handled by experts, and your organisation will be more scalable - with much less under-utilisation of hardware. In other words, you pay only for what you need and use.
If you would like to discuss the best options for moving your business forward with technology, please get in touch with us today.