On July 14th
2015 Microsoft will be ending support for the Windows Server 2003 operating system, which means the service will no longer freely receive:
- Security patches
- Assisted technical support
- Software and content updates
Computer systems running on this software from this point onwards will be exposed to an elevated risk of cyber-security dangers, such as viruses, spyware and other malicious software. Users will also experience difficulties with compatibility to new software and hardware.
There are approximately 24 million of these servers still in action across Europe, with nearly 8 million currently running in the UK. It is important for companies still on these servers to recognise the necessary steps that migration will take or the potential risks if a migration is not completed. Estimations are that one in five businesses will miss the deadline this July and continue to run decade old operating systems.
The potential benefits of upgrading from Windows Server 2003 are considerable, as it is possible to run applications on 64-bit servers or even potentially move them to the Cloud, taking advantage of the flexibility and cost-savings to be found there.
With interruption of business and a shift of data to more current systems, some companies are reluctant to changeover servers. However maintaining a system that no longer has free support is costly and in the long term will financially tip in favour of an update.
Migration can typically run anywhere between nine to fifteen months – from researching to upgrading, testing and eventual rollout. As many legacy applications may have been developed in house and as a result do not have source media available or have poorly documented configuration information – migration is difficult.
The benefits of new servers (such as the Windows Server 2012 R2) will be immediately apparent to any business, such as improved performance, reduced maintenance requirements, and increased agility/response to the business. There are far more tools available such as new forms of integrated virtualization, better security, extensive scalability, new operational roles and far more.
It is important to begin the process now as companies will need to answer key questions regarding server changes, such as what applications will be compatible on the new systems.
How can Camwood help?
Camwood has over 15 years experience of migrating applications and can save a typical company over 60% of the time and effort typically associated with this type of server changeover. By putting forward the key application related questions, organisations can more accurately scope, plan and de-risk their exits from the Server 2003.
We offer a pre-sales workshop where the relevance and potential impact of the changeover is highlighted, followed by a bespoke engagement where the estimations on time, resources and budget for your organisation will be made.
One possibility to take into account when tackling the transition from Windows Server 2003 is Cloud migration, a viable option for a number of reasons.
A Cloud migration allows your organisation to manage its current portfolio with ease and get rid of any applications that no longer serve a purpose.
It offers the chance to design applications in the style that your organisation uses them by utilising the way in which the Cloud is structured, thus creating a better user experience.
Moving to the Cloud not only offers business benefits but guarantees quick and flexible support for the future; migrating once means flexibility from then onwards. In short Cloud Migration offers an agile, sustainable solution to the Windows server 2003 end of life.
At Camwood we are experienced with transferring servers towards the cloud and can offer bespoke solutions in this area.
If you’d like to find out more about how Camwood can help migrate the servers in your organisation, contact us today.