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Why SMBs should make Windows Server 2003 Migration a priority

Xani

With limited IT budgets, it can be extra challenging for small and midsize businesses to choose where to allocate their funds. For this reason, and perhaps many others, you probably still have SMB customers who have not started migrating from Windows Server 2003, despite the quickly approaching end-of-service (EOS) date (July 14, 2015). To help them fully understand why they need to migrate, we want to explain what not migrating means and the risks associated with using WS2003 after EOS. End of support means:

 

No security!

In 2013 alone, Microsoft released 37 critical updates. But, end of support means no more critical updates. Failure of one security patch may affect the SMB’s entire IT infrastructure and no third part support will be available after the final EOS date.

 

No compliance!

Servers still running WS2003 will likely fail compliance audits for HIPAA, SOX, and PCI.

 

Higher total cost of ownership!

Staying with WS2003 will cost SMBs more in the end. Power, cooling, Rackspace, hardware maintenance, and downtime will cost more in the long term and finding trained IT staff to maintain an unsupported operating system will be difficult and can increase total IT spend.

 

Lower competitiveness!

SMBs that do not migrate will face more downtime due to the aged infrastructure taking away from focusing on core business priorities.

 

Once customers understand what not migrating means for their company, make sure they understand all of the benefits the will get from the migration! Microsoft has delivered a number of technology advancements in Windows Server over the last ten years. By migrating to Windows Server 2012 R2 on a modern server, your customers can take advantage of the following capabilities:

 

Server virtualization

Increase uptime, maximize hardware investments, utilize full computing power, and get better scalability to run the most demanding workloads.

 

Disaster recovery and cost effective storage

Improve business continuity and reduce the risk of data loss, easily allocate storage to users, and quickly scale storage up or down as needed

 

Simplified management

Help streamline management across compute, storage, and networking resources and provide employees the flexibility to work from anywhere while ensuring that corporate data is protected.

 

Full support and preinstalled simplicity

Manage costs with active warranties and availability of parts and services, get improved protection from security threats with latest updates, and save time and cost thanks to ease of deployment, installation, and setup.

 

Remember, migrations are a great opportunity for your customers to update their server hardware too. Combining the HP ProLiant Gen9 features with the advanced virtualization and scalability features of Windows Server 2012 R2 empowers IT users and provides flexible access to corporate resources while protecting corporate information. The HP | Microsoft Windows Server 2003 migration program gives you and your SMB customers a comprehensive end-to-end approach to migration (including planning and strategy workshops, migration services, single provider support options, differentiated products and solutions, and flexible financing options, training discounts, and skills training needs assessments).

For more information on Windows Server 2003 migration and HP ProLiant Gen9 servers join our Coffee Coaching communities on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

 

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