Windows Server 2003/R2 ‘End of Life’

Is it time to start planning your migration process? The end of support for Windows Server 3000 could signal the beginning of a new stage in the evolution or your IT organization. You have the opportunity to transform your datacenter and open up a whole new world for your business. But are you ready to migrate? Does this mean that your business has to jump into the Cloud today?

With the end of support for Windows Server 2003/R2 on July 14, 2015 another transition is marks. While this date may seem distant, now is the time to understand that the ‘End of Life’ means that your business needs to ensure that is has a plan to migrate the applications and workloads currently relying on Windows Server 2003 onto Windows Server 2012/R2 or Microsoft Azure.

Just to be clear, what does ‘End-of-Support’ mean?

• No updates – No updates will be developed or released after end of support.
• No compliance – lack of compliance with various standards and regulations can be devastating. This may include various regulatory and industry standards for which compliance can no longer be achieved.
• No safe haven – Because virtualized and physical instances of Windows Server 2003 will be vulnerable.
No applications support – Many applications will also cease to be supported, once the operating system they are running on is unsupported. This includes all Microsoft applications.

What changes when you migrate to Windows Server 2012?

With the Architectural changes in 32 bit to 64 bit technology – everything changes in Windows Server 2012. As you migrate your IT infrastructure to Windows Server 2012 you benefit from, reduced cost of ownership through the improvement of management of resources, better security, high scalability, improved performance, Increased functionality, in-box virtualisation and cloud support, improved manageability and on-going product support.

Whats next?

We urge you to start your planning to migrate off of Windows Server 2003 and onto a platform that will provide you the security and reliability that you’ve experienced over the last decade with Windows Server 2003, with the added value of the features now included in Windows Server 2012 R2, as well as the hybrid opportunities available to you with Microsoft Azure.

NetPro Group can help you plan your migration in partnership with Microsoft. We will investigate the process of migrating from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012. Together with you, we will discuss what end of support for Windows Server 2003 means, how you can transform your infrastructure with Windows Server 2012R2, and what are the key things you need to plan and consider for a successful migration.

Now it is the time to act and start planning for your migration.

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