In 2014, Microsoft pulled the plug on Windows XP’s support. Now, in 2015, Windows Server 2003 is scheduled to meet the same fate. If your business is still using Windows Server 2003 as your operating system, it’s important to upgrade before July 14th, which is the day that support for this product ends. If you do not you could be running a server operating system that will no longer receive the necessary patches and security updates.
If you operate a small or medium-sized business, you know how important technology is to your success. However, outdated technology can hold your business back from reaching its full potential. Therefore, it’s imperative that you always upgrade your server’s operating system when upgrades are made available. The reason for doing this is to keep the competitive edge you have over companies running legacy software. There is also the vital concern about your systems security. These latest patches and security updates are only available to supported operating systems, and Windows Server 2003 will be joining the list of unsupported systems in a few short months.
Nobody will stop you from keeping Windows Server 2003. But, if you want to continue using it you will have limited choices, you either have to go unsupported or shell out massive amounts of cash. According to Processor magazine, Microsoft is offering custom support for Windows Server 2003 for around $200,000 annually. This “fee” will certainly break your IT maintenance budget. This should emphasize the importance of upgrading to a currently supported server operating system. Upgrading becomes imperative if you need to comply with the strict security standards put into place by HIPAA and other industry-specific ordinances.
While moving away from Windows Server 2003 is a simple enough process, you need to be aware of what types of applications your business utilizes. Be cognizant that some of your older applications might have trouble moving from a 32-bit operating system to a newer one. A project this important requires the skills and knowledge of trained professionals. You must take this into account when upgrading to a new OS. Approach this project knowing exactly what you need and how to go about integrating these changes into your infrastructure. Planning ahead will prevent expensive downtime by keeping your server online as long as possible.
Quikteks knows how to carry out this change over quickly and efficiently, minimizing any downtime that might be experienced. We will put together a time-saving plan that takes into account all problems, both large and small which might arise from the process. We’ll transfer your data to a temporary server so your business can continue to operate while set up your new server allowing Productivity to continue without a hitch.
You also have the option of virtualizing your server units to adjust for future growth .Your old server units experience a lot of wear and tear over the years, so this is a good way to eliminate the need for the physical maintenance associated with the server’s hardware. A cloud server is just as efficient, and it’s easier on your operating costs.
Quikteks can help you determine the best course of action for your business. Give us a call at 973 882 4644 for more information about server maintenance, upgrades, and more.