While the date of July 14, 2015 may seem like it is a ways out, in terms of IT projects lifecycles, it is right around the corner. More than a year ago, Microsoft announced that it would finally be sending Windows Server 2003 into the sunset. The End of Life of one of the most prolific and most deployed server operating systems had finally come. But most companies were not prepared for the news, and there still remain a large number of installations that will miss the deadline. But what does that mean to you?
First and foremost, security will be weakened significantly. Microsoft updates, for all the trouble they can cause, releases automated updates on the second (and sometimes fourth as well) Tuesday of every month. The updates vary from benign to critical security fixes for flaws exposed previously. When Windows Server 2003 goes end of life in July, the security patches will stop flowing as Microsoft diverts attention away from the now 12 year old operating system in favor of the newer flavors still under support. This will open up a large number of networks to security flaws if Windows Server 2003 is left on servers within your organization.
But its not all bad news. During a recent survey performed by Spiceworks, of 1300 IT professionals, more than half stated that they had fully migrated or partially migrated their servers away from Windows Server 2003. However, the remaining IT pros that have yet to migrate are set to be at much greater risk over time. Also asked of the same group, how they plan to handle the migration of applications from Windows Server 2003 to a newer more supported version, Virtualization takes center stage as the continued preferred method of migration.
So, how can Brite help you, your IT department and you network?
We take an consultative approach to helping you migrate your legacy Windows Server 2003 installations to newer supported architectures. We take a 4 step approach detailed below:
1) Discover – We take a full inventory of your servers, workstations, applications, storage and anything else relevant to the migration. We collect this data with both manual and automated methods to ensure that we gather everything we can.
2) Assess – We take the information from the Discover phase and categorize it in a number of different ways; is it still supported? Is the software version current? etc. etc.
3) Target – We work with you to decide what needs to be migrated and where it should go. This is incredibly critical as you have many more choices than you used to. Dedicated Server, Virtualization Server, The Cloud…we help you make the business decision about where your data and workloads should go.
4) Migrate – Brite does the full migration for you, during a pre-determined time that will have minimal impact on your operations.