On July 14th, support ended for Windows Server 2003. Everyone is talking about how you need to replace your 2003 servers immediately. Let's be honest though, if you have not replaced them yet, there is either a good reason for staying on them or it is poor planning by your IT department. Now that we're past 2003, let's look ahead. Have you replaced your 2008 servers yet?
Support for server 2008 does not end until 2020, but on the other hand, it was released in summer of 2008, meaning it is now 7+ years old, an eternity in technology. In Summer of 2008, the iPhone 3G just came out, introducing GPS and the App store for the first time. Would you be happy using an iPhone 3G today?
Just like the iPhone, there have been multiple new releases of Windows Server since 2008, each adding lots of new features. Here are just some of the things you can take advantage of with a newer version of Windows Server:
- Duplication of data: reduce storage usage for your file servers
- Advanced software support: many software packages have phased out support for Server 2008
- Additional servers: Server 2012 licenses give you rights 2 virtual servers (In other words, twice the servers for the same price)
- Improvements to remote access: such as multiple monitor support and more robust VPN
- Major changes in security: essential with all of today’s risks
This is in addition to all the native and hybrid cloud support built into newer versions of Windows. To make matters worse, there is a good chance that you’re running on old hardware, as well, if you are still running on Server 2008. Seven-year-old hardware is even riskier than 7-year-old software. There is a reason that server warranties get so expensive after year 5.
IT budgeting should be taking place every year, even if its planning for a few years in advance. Plans for replacing Server 2003 should have been put in place years ago. Technology Pointe's quarterly virtual CIO meetings include preparing an IT budget and roadmap for the next 12+ months, plus an overview of all assets (computers, servers, etc.) including what software you are running and warranty status. Virtual CIO meetings take place with a senior engineer, not a sales person – this is about making sure your business is in great shape and ready for the future, not us trying to make a quick sale.