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Windows Server 2003 – Time to move on?

Windows Server 2003 – Time to move on?

27/04/2015 08:34 by Sarah Bailey
Marketing Campaigns Manager

It might not feel like over 10 years ago when you first introduced WS 2003 into your business; in fact 2003 was a great year for technology with Apple launching its revolutionary iTunes service the very same year.  However, it was also the year we endured The Cheeky Girls, Atomic Kitten and Daniel Beddingfield – not to mention some questionable sequel releases in the cinema; The Matrix Reloaded, Terminator 3 and Bad Boys II.  Yep, 2003 feels a little dated now.

It’s no secret that support for Windows Server 2003 is ending July 14th 2015 and you may be one of the 15% of businesses* that has already fully migrated away and therefore you’ve no need to worry.  Or maybe you’re in the 48% who have partially migrated and so you’re on your merry way.  If, however, you’re not in either of those camps and it’s starting to keep you awake at night, perhaps now is the time to bring your business back into the future?

We’ve all been caught in the trap of running old technology as a consumer; old phones, old cameras for example, but when it comes to your business – there’s a little more at stake.  If you don’t keep your infrastructure up to date or take advantage of new technology efficiencies – your competitors no doubt will be; which leaves you at a significant disadvantage.

The other issue businesses have with running unsupported, old tech is the risk of attacks. Without regular updates and patches, you’re practically leaving your shop door wide open. Increasing security is the number one concern for businesses that haven’t yet got a plan in place, with software incompatibility and compliance risks coming in as a close second and third.*

 So as great a year as 2003 may have been, it certainly wasn’t so good that your business should be hanging on to technology that was innovative when Avril Lavigne was.

*According to a Spiceworks survey ‘The Great IT Update’ 

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