All good things come to an end. Including Windows Server 2003, which has just over six months until it reaches its ‘end-of-life’.
This probably doesn’t mean much to most people, but there are plenty of companies out there still running this software. And if yours is one of them, you’ll need to take note. On 14th July, Microsoft will stop offering extended support for Server 2003. This means no patches. No security updates. No assisted support options. And with an estimated 10 million machines using Server 2003, it could catch a lot of people out.
Server 2003 won’t simply shut down on 14th July. The system will continue to work, but your business will be open to all sorts of threats which will compromise your IT network. So if you still use Server 2003 (and now’s the time to check!) you have two options. You could upgrade to a newer version of Windows Server, like 2008 or 2012. Or you could see this as an opportunity to prepare for the future and move your business into the Cloud. Office 365 provides a quick way in which you can partially move some business functions into the Cloud, while keeping important data on premise. Whichever option you choose, we can help you start planning now.
If you’re a Riverbank client and you run Server 2003, we will be in touch shortly to start planning your migration. If you are not a client but would like more information about Windows Server 2003 end-of-life and what it means for your business, call our team on 01235 426700 and they’ll be happy to help.