The Windows Server 2008 End of Support date is quickly approaching!
January 14th, 2020 is a special day for not only Windows 7 but also the Windows Server 2008. From this date, Microsoft will no longer support Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2. This means that these platforms will not receive additional security patches or other necessary updates.
Workloads will need to be migrated top newer environments – whether this entails rehosting data in Microsoft Azure or keeping files on-prem using a Windows Server 2012 or later.
What Will Happen If I Don’t Upgrade?
To fully understand the risks of using Windows Server 2008, it is helpful to look back on what occurred when Windows Server 2003 in 2015. After this End of Support, Server 2003 became vulnerable to many threats, such as malware and web attacks.
Users now risk experiencing these once again when support for Windows Server 2008 ends. These threats may include;
Increased Risks Of Cyber Threats;
Software that is out of date or unsupported may be easier for cyber criminals to exploit. This may lead to a loss of data, business outage and reputational damage.
Increased Support & Maintenance Costs;
Continuing to utilise Windows Server 2008 after the January 14th deadline may incur increased overheads as your business may require customised security, compliance violations and failed audits.
Newer versions of Windows Server not only have stronger security capabilities, but they also come with advanced features that are not available in previous versions. Continuing to use Windows Server 2008, not only increases your risk of security breaches but also halts your business from experiencing many new and modern features and benefits.
Installing something so pivotal to your business can seem like a daunting task, however, it is an essential step in maintaining business continuity and data security.
How To Upgrade Your Windows 2008 & 2008 R2 Server
If your business would prefer to keep your servers on-prem and you are utilising Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2, you will need to upgrade to Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 before upgrading to Windows Server 2016. As you continue to upgrade you will still have the option to migrate to Azure rehosting.
Migrate To Azure
You can migrate your on-premises Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 servers to Azure, allowing you to continue to run them on virtual machines. Using Azure you’ll stay compliant, increase security and add cloud innovation to your business.