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Windows Server 2008 & 2008 R2 End of Life – Risks of ignoring the deadline!

Windows Server 2008 & 2008 R2 End of Life – Risks of ignoring the deadline!
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For many years many businesses have been utilising Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 technologies. Within these years, however, technology has advanced and due to continuing updates, from January 14th, 2020 Microsoft will no longer support Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2. This means that Microsoft will no longer provide security updates, exposing your business to security risks, downtime, data protection threats, non-compliance and many more cyber threats. These risks will primarily increase as hackers become aware of weaknesses in these servers and seek to exploit them. The End of Support deadline should be seen as an investment opportunity for your business’ future as upgrading your ageing servers and operating systems will protect your infrastructure, reduce costs and provide significant benefits that will outweigh the cost of upgrading and the risks of not doing so.

5 Risks of Using Outdated Technology

1) System downtime as you waste time fixing IT issues instead of focusing on your business objectives

2) Increased costs as you spend time fixing IT issues instead of growing your business

3) Decreased productivity as employees work to resolve IT issues instead of focusing on business tasks

4) Security holes in outdated software leaves you more open to cyber attacks

5) Legal compliance risks as auditors can fine companies that do not transition from unsupported software

Doing nothing is not a viable option as businesses must begin planning their migration strategies now to avoid disruption.

We recommend a straightforward four-step process:

1) Discover: Determine which applications are running on Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2

2) Assess: Categorise applications and workloads by type, importance, and degree of complexity

3) Target: Choose a migration destination for each application and workload, either on-prem or in the cloud

4) Migrate: Build your migration plan and begin the migration

Start your Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 Upgrade Journey today!

At HCS Business Solutions, we have helped many businesses like yours through the emigration process. For help in planning and executing your migration strategy, contact our expert team by emailing enquiries@hcs.ie!

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