Windows Server 2003 End of Support is Coming!

Are You Ready?

The clock is ticking:  the End of Support for Windows Server 2003 arrives this July!  This means there will be no more patches or security updates, and your applications and business will be at risk. New threats won't be addressed and Server 2003 systems will be a security risk and compliance nightmare.  Especially for those in heavily regulated industries -- pharmaceuticals, banking/finance and insurance, as well as any company that processes credit card transactions -- this will cause a heavy compliance burden and could put you at risk of accruing penalties and fines.

Industry experts’ estimates vary widely, ranging between 10 and 20 million Server 2003 machines still running worldwide (the most commonly cited estimate currently is 13 million machines).  For the majority of Windows Server 2003 instances, the applications have been running just fine. For years in fact, they have been running fine and moving them seems to be one of those jobs that no one wants to do. So, the first question often asked is “can I do nothing” and just continue to run my business on Windows Sever 2003?

There are many reasons why the answer to the question “can I do nothing?” is an emphatic “No.”

 

Consider the following:

• Maintenance Costs – running legacy servers is expensive. Intrusion detection systems, advanced firewalls and network segmentation are required to protect a now vulnerable Windows Server 2003 platform. You will also have increasing cost from maintaining aging hardware.

• No Updates – there will be no more updates to fix bugs, performance issues and security vulnerabilities. To put this into perspective, 2013 saw the release of 37 critical updates for Windows Server 2003/R2. Past the end of life date, these critical issues will remain unfixed leaving you open to cybersecurity dangers such as malicious attacks or electronic data loss.

• No Compliance – once support ends, your organisation will almost certainly fail to meet industry wide compliance standards. Regulations such as HIPAA, PCI, SOX & Dodd-Frank all require regulated industries to run on supported platforms. The impact is twofold: Non-compliance could result in the loss of business, while high transaction fees and penalties from non-compliance could dramatically increase the cost of doing business.

• Software and Hardware Compatibility Issues – new software and hardware devices will not be built to integrate with Windows Server 2003. Sticking with a legacy server means you will likely run into compatibility issues and may not be able to run new instances of software or communicate with the latest devices.

• No Safe Haven – without continued support from Microsoft, virtualized and physical instances of Windows Server 2003/R2 and Microsoft Small Business Server (SBS) 2003 will not pass a compliance audit.

 

Total Technology Solutions has been helping businesses migrate out of their legacy Server 2003 systems, bringing customers new features, applications, and scalability. We assess your current system and services it is providing and the direction your business is going, then provide you customized options that maximize availability, scalability and server life.

Your server is most likely performing vital tasks for your company. Tasks so important that if (and when) your legacy server fails, not only will you be at a stand still but you will have no support. Here are just a few roles your server could be providing:

  • Domain Server
  • File Server
  • Application Server
  • Line of Business Server
  • Database server
  • Terminal Server

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