Technology is a vital aid to your operations, as small and medium-sized business owners know. Keeping up to date is essential if you want to keep everything running optimally and retain your competitive edge. Upgrading your server operating system is one of the things you need to do to ensure the smooth functioning of your IT systems. Upgrades are also absolutely crucial for ongoing server security and protection. Patches and updates are issued for supported operating systems only. If you’re still using Windows Server 2003 then you should be aware that support for it ended in 2015.
You can keep running Windows Server 2003 if you want to, and you can even get support for it, if you’re willing to pay, but it could cost as much as $200,000 per year. That’s beyond most business budgets. The logical alternative is to upgrade to a server operating system that is still supported. This is especially important for businesses that need to comply with industry-specific security standards, such as HIPAA, which requires security levels that protect patient health information.
It’s not that complicated to move away from Windows Server 2003, as long as you know what your business needs. You should be aware that not all applications can be moved to a new system, especially if your old one was 32-bit and the new one is 64-bit, for example. To protect your data and operations, getting trained professionals to help you upgrade to a new server operating system is strongly advised. IT experts can also help you assess exactly what you need and how to integrate changes into your existing infrastructure. Not only will they be able to advise on optimizing your setup for your business, but they will be able to manage the transition expertly, keeping your server online for as long as possible and preventing downtime that will cost your business money.
Our IT professionals at Quikteks know how to implement your server upgrade speedily and effectively, to get you up and running again as soon as possible. We draw up a migration plan that flags up all the issues that might arise during the server upgrade and how these can be mitigated. While your new server is being set up we’ll move your data to a temporary server, so that it’s safe and still accessible. This allows you to continue operating while the process of upgrading is ongoing.
Another option for you to consider is virtualizing your server units to adjust for future expansion of your business. Old server units are subject to wear and tear. Virtualizing your server, and using a cloud server instead, eliminates the need for ongoing physical maintenance. It’s a cost-effective option, with excellent server security, that works just as well.
At Quikteks we can help you design the best IT strategies for your business. For more information on server upgrades, security and maintenance, and more, call us at (973) 882-4644.
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