It’s time to say goodbye to Windows Server 2003. Support for Windows Server 2003 ends on 14th July 2015. Here’s what you need to know.

For more than a decade, businesses such as yours have been leveraging Microsoft’s Windows Server 2003 technologies and getting a great return on their investment. Substantial improvements to server operating systems have been made since then that help businesses compete better in today’s marketplace. As such, Microsoft will end support for Windows Server 2003/R2 on 14th July 2015.

Now is the time to lay the IT foundation of your business for the next decade and beyond. We are keen to help you build a strategy that embraces cloud technologies on your terms and provides a clear roadmap for your IT infrastructure.

This is an investment opportunity for your company’s future. Upgrading your aging servers and operating systems can reduce costs and provide significant benefits that will outweigh the cost of upgrading and the risks of not doing so.

What is Windows Server 2003 end of support?

Support for Windows Server 2003 will end on 14th July 2015. This means Microsoft will no longer provide security updates, fixes or online support for Windows Server 2003 after this date. To prevent possible disruptions to your business, we strongly recommend that existing customers migrate to a modern server operating system.

You can upgrade to newer versions of products you are familiar with such as Windows Server 2012 R2, or discover new offerings such as Azure, Microsoft’s public cloud platform. As an open and flexible cloud platform, Azure enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacentres, integrated with your existing IT environment.

Microsoft’s hybrid solutions can help your IT infrastructure leverage a cloud strategy on your terms.

Why should you upgrade to Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Azure?

Reduce costs and get the most out of your IT investment

Run more applications on a single server, helping save on hardware costs and power bills, with built-in virtualisation from Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 R2. Further reduce capital expenses by leveraging infrastructure cloud services such as Azure, instead of purchasing new hardware, Microsoft’s public cloud platform, wherever it makes sense for your business.

Know you’re open for business even if disaster strikes

40 percent of businesses never reopen after disaster strikes. Get effective data backup, cut data loss and recover quickly without significant capital investment in hardware and backup media through Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure’s automated backup solution. Azure is Microsoft’s public Cloud, a global network of Microsoft-managed datacentres, connected and integrated with your existing IT environment.

Get easy and cost-effective data storage

You work with all kinds of files and data today, from presentations, to spreadsheets, to photos and videos. Consolidate and maximise use of existing storage infrastructure, and control storage costs resulting from expanding data requirements. Virtualize your storage and deliver reliable and scalable SAN-like storage solutions at a fraction of the cost Storage Spaces technologies built-into Windows Server 2012 R2.

Forrester Research1 studied the effects of upgrading to Windows Server 2012 R2 from Windows Server 2008 on a range of organizations, and calculated a return on investment of 270%. Its analysis reveals that server management costs can be expected to decline by 35% and payback achieved within six months2.

1 The Total Economic Impact of Windows Server 2012 R2: A Forrester Total Economic Impact™ Study Commissioned By Microsoft
2 To calculate these results, Forrester applied the benefits observed by a range of large companies and organizations, and applied them to a hypothetical, global, US-based company, with 350 Windows Server hosts and 1,000 virtualized Windows Server instances.

What are the implications of staying with Windows Server 2003?

Running Windows Server 2003 after 14th July 2015 may expose your business to risks such as:

Products

No updates
No updates

37 critical updates were released in 2013 for Windows Server 2003/R2 under Extended Support. No updates will be developed or released after end of support.

No safe haven
No safe haven

Both virtualised and physical instances of Windows Server 2003 are vulnerable and would not pass a compliance audit. Many applications (including those from Microsoft) will also cease to be supported once the operating system they are running on is unsupported. Running the latest SQL on Windows Server 2003/R2? It won’t be supported.

No compliance
No compliance

Lack of compliance with various standards and regulations can be problematic. This may include non-compliance with key regulatory and industry standards, or having to pay high penalties and transaction fees.

No savings
No savings

A Custom Support Agreement has a high minimum entry cost, while customers also face added costs for intrusion detection systems, more advanced firewalls, network segmentation, and other security measures—all simply to isolate Windows Server 2003 servers.

What do I need to know about the migration process?

Microsoft Partners are qualified and trained to deliver the solutions you need to make this upgrade seamless. If you are considering migrating your applications, it is important for you to understand the steps involved.

Make the switch to Windows Server 2012 & Microsoft Azure today.

Engage Microsoft Services Team

Based on methodologies and processes derived from over 25 years of working with the world’s largest enterprises to build and operate large-scale data centers, Microsoft Services can help you to modernize your IT with an infrastructure that seamlessly spans on-premises and cloud, while reducing costs, simplifying IT management, and improving data protection. Find out more, here.

  Cost savings   Simplicity   Peace of mind
Reduce capital expense and maximize investment through consolidation, virtualization and cloud infrastructure
Simplify IT management and make your infrastructure more agile with WS/SC
Ensure business continuity and rely on enterprise-grade security on-premises and in the cloud

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