It’s all over the news that the support for Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server by Microsoft is ending. After the end of support, you will not receive critical security updates, automatic fixes, updates, patches or online technical assistance from Microsoft. End of support may weaken your security, expose your operating system to outside infiltration as your future security gaps will no longer be plugged by software updates.
This could be the right time to migrate your workloads from Windows Server 2008 to newer alternatives for better security, advantages and modernised systems.
Risks of sticking to Windows Server 2008 beyond end of support
Although Windows Server won’t stop running all of a sudden beyond the end-of-support, there are some implications that your business is likely to face after the end-of-support. This will affect the way your business runs as you will be missing a major support system altogether.
- Weakened Cybersecurity:
Windows Server 2008 already has a weaker security system compared to its newer versions. Moreover, you may raise the probability of cybersecurity attacks on your enterprise as it’s easy to exploit outdated and unsupported systems than up-to-date alternatives. You also may likely experience greater security concerns as there will not be any fixes, updates or any technical assistance from Microsoft.
2. Increased maintenance support costs
If you consider still sticking to Windows Server 2008, you’ll need to mint in lot of money to get the extended support from Microsoft. Propping up to Windows Server 2008 will also drive up support costs and incur significant overhead with events like compliance violations adding up to the expenses.
3. Outdated systems
Windows Servers has progressed to newer versions with greater security, flexibility and scalability. Sticking to Windows Server 2008 will limit your systems to far lesser features but at higher costs, which may not be at all be worth.
4. Outdated compliance
If your business is subjected to independent audits, outdated software is a key consideration. Windows 2008 will not pass a compliance audit. Not abiding by the compliance standards can cost you much than the cost of upgrading and modernizing your architecture.
Overall, it’s clearly evident that it’s imperative and the right time to make a switch out of Windows Server 2008.
What are your options at this point?
It’s evident that moving out of Windows Server 2008 is the need of the hour. But if you still want to stick to Windows Server 2008 environment despite the end-of-support, be prepared to handle the future vulnerabilities and also mint in huge amount of money for the extended support for Windows Server 2008. If you are an enterprise with deep pockets, this option might be of use. But it’s always clever to look at possibilities to look for alternatives to maximize your investments than making no move at all.
One of the first questions that remains when considering an upgrade from Server 2008 or 2008 R2 is whether the environment will remain on-premises /hosted, or be shifted to the cloud.
- Upgrading your servers
Microsoft has charted an overall path for on-prem upgrades of Server 2008 which involves updating to Server 2012 first and then to Server 2016 and Server 2019. The newer versions of Windows Server have enhanced security, hybrid cloud models, improved hyper convergence and lot other features. You might migrate to Windows 2012 temporarily and then migrate to Windows 2019 at the later stages.
2. Rehosting on Azure
The best alternative and an economic solution would be re- hosting to Microsoft Azure. This way you can take advantage of 3 additional years of critical updates/ assistance at no cost at all as well get a chance to modernize your business.
By migrating to Azure, you:
– Protect your organization, secure your infrastructure, and futureproof your business with opportunity to integrate latest technology features.
– Upgrade to current versions for the most advanced security, performance, and machine-learning innovations
– Get the extended support from Microsoft Azure for 3 years free of cost
– Leverage the global team of more than 3,500 cybersecurity experts with three years of security updates at no charge once migrated to Azure.
– Optimize costs in terms of equipment, and savings in terms of power, risk, and personnel.
– Build in-house alternatives so that companies focus their technical resources on pushing innovation rather than troubleshooting.
It’s best to use the opportunity of end-of-support to modernize your IT infrastructure by moving to Microsoft Cloud. Azure lets you take the full advantage of your investment. It’s built-in technologies enhance performance, and enable end-to-end cloud cost management and optimization – while reducing total annual costs.
Engage the help of a Managed Service Provider
Taking help of a Managed Service Provider for migration support and planning can help you handle complex scenarios with confidence. You could follow this approach when you’ve got complex workloads to handle, if you have extreme time constraints or when you require a complete re-architecting for your new environment. When you can’t do the legwork to complete the testing and certification of the new operating system – while maintaining your current environment and the needs of the business – or need to get your admins trained on the new administrative interfaces.
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