Windows Server 2008 is reaching its end. On January 14th, 2020, the highly successful and highly secure solution will no longer have support or patches in place. Microsoft released Windows Server 2019 last fall, but millions of enterprises are still relying on the 2008 version to meet their needs.
If you are among those millions, the time has come to think critically about alternatives. Loyalty to Windows Server 2008 still remains high despite its impending lack of security. This solution is deeply embedded in many daily office functions so naturally switching will cause interference. However, substantial complications can be evaded by choosing the solution that works best for your business.
Here is our guide to help lead your business through this major transition. We have addressed all the important issues to make your next steps logical, concise and, most importantly, unproblematic.
What Does The End of Windows Server 2008 Support Mean For My Business?
The termination of support means that adequate protection will no longer be provided for Windows Server 2008. The solution will continue to run, but without any fortification in place. Unless your business has a specific contract that allows for extended support, or you are willing to spend a lot of money to assure extended support, you will be left helpless. This occurrence invites in a host of problems never encountered before when using this solution.
Cybercriminals will suddenly have the ability to access sensitive data that, if breached, could trigger considerable trouble for your business. Agencies that handle vulnerable records (such as healthcare organizations) are particularly at risk and should be exceptionally proactive during this change.
What Should My Business Be Doing Now To Prepare For This Upcoming Change?
Start seeking a new solution right away. The deadline may seem far off, but the transition will likely be more difficult without sufficient planning. Review the magnitude of the migration, how many components it will affect and how it will impact your budget.
Work with a professional and knowledge technology partner to help properly direct your efforts. Just like any relationship, choose a partner that you can communicate and connect with. They should always be acting on your behalf, providing you with a strategy that is transparent and valuable. You want to pick a partner that promptly jumps into a task and works diligently to get things done on time and on budget.
What Alternatives To Windows Server 2008 Should I Consider?
A trusted partner will help evaluate your business needs in order to find the solution that is most sensible. Here are some common options that many organizations are contemplating:
Windows Server Upgrade
Another option is to migrate data to a more modern version of Windows Server that still has support intact, such as Windows Server 2016 or Windows Server 2019. Some businesses respond well to this solution. It all depends on your unique workspace and your long-term goals.
Our Final Recommendation
At this time, taking action is not optional. No business is immune to hackers. Operating on a completely insecure platform radically raises the risk of compromise.
Acting now gives your business time to make a thorough plan, navigate through obstacles and become familiar with your new or upgraded solution. Waiting will only up the odds of attack, so contact a trusted technology partner today to explore your options.