Windows Server 2003: End of Support
Windows Server 2003 had a great run, but like all good things that time has come to an end. The server operating system from Microsoft’s end-of-support date was July 14, 2015. If you are still running on a server that uses this operating system it is imperative that you get up-to-date. Resisting this necessity has had serious ramifications in the past.
For example Windows XP, which experienced its end-of-support date in 2014, had numerous users of the widely popular operating system did not take the end support seriously. Resulting in missed, and very necessary, software patches and updates that protected the end user. Making them extremely vulnerable to malware, ransomware, and viruses. Unless you want to operate software on decade-old hardware that no longer carries support, it’s imperative that you make plans to upgrade away from the Windows Server 2003 now.
MyTek’s skilled IT technicians can help your business upgrade your server in the most efficient and painless manner possible. Making the adjustments to your infrastructure to allow your business to avoid the pitfalls that are normally related to upgrading a server.
Hardware Failure and Data Loss
If your business’s server is running Windows Server 2003, there’s quite a large chance that the hardware it’s running on hasn’t been upgraded for a great deal of time. When servers grow old and unmaintained, or never upgraded, they become vulnerable cyberattacks and prone to hardware failure. A hardware failure is a terrible thing and even worse it can lead to a loss of critical data, causing extensive downtime that your business can’t afford.
Limited Compatibility with Legacy Software
Aside from hardware failure, more complications arise with ignoring upgrading away from a Windows Server 2003. Most often businesses take advantage of a myriad of applications that require different specifications. Your business might also have multiple underutilized servers that all run different operating systems and different applications. Making your IT infrastructure unnecessarily complex, outdated, and not cross compatible, which makes it even more difficult (and expensive) to manage.
Upgrading from Windows Server 2003 includes migrating your data to a more modern server, and there will likely be some legacy applications that have fallen out of regular support or are simply not compatible with a more modern operating system. MyTek can help your business identify these discrepancies and discover the best solutions to navigate those complications.
Let MyTek Help You Stay Up-To-Date and Secure
You don’t want to wait until the last minute to upgrade away from an old and unsupported server. It’s an involved process that demands both time and a certain aptitude for technology. MyTek can help wean your business off of Windows Server 2003 and legacy systems and integrate new, modern solutions designed to improve efficiency. Contact us or give us a call at 623-312-2440 to learn more.