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: