What does end of support mean?
End of support can have a dramatic impact on your business. It will mean no more updates or patches from Microsoft, which can result in a less stable and less secure infrastructure.
Microsoft will no longer develop or release any updates after ending support for Windows Server 2003/2003R2. To put this in perspective there were 37 critical updates released in 2013 for Server 2003/2003R2. This means that if a security vulnerability is discovered in the operating system it will never be fixed.
After support ends, your organisation will likely fail to meet most industry-wide compliance standards. This could result in lost business or may dramatically increase the cost of doing business.
What can be done?
Our consultants will work with your IT staff to carefully plan a migration away from Server 2003/2003R2 to a supported platform such as Server 2012 R2. We would then audit your servers to to discover and catalogue the software and roles on each server. This list would then be assessed to check for complexity and business risk. Where appropriate we would also look to see if we can make use of cloud based services such as Office 365, Microsoft Azure or Amazon S3. Finally, we'll start the migration process.