“End of life” may sound a little overdramatic and Microsoft’s 2008 Server going 'end of life' certainly isn’t life or death but if your business runs this popular Microsoft server you will want to mark January 14th, 2020 on your calendar. The 2008 server will officially go 'end of support' which poses both problems and opportunities to businesses employing these servers. We will explore the risks associated with keeping a legacy server, upgrade options, and the benefits your business will realize by upgrading.
Risks of Keeping Microsoft 2008 Server
For those who don’t know, when a Window's product enters end of life, Microsoft will stop distributing patches and updates for that particular product. These are significant because these updates close holes and vulnerabilities that hackers try to exploit to breach your network. This obviously increases concern from a security standpoint, but an obsolete server can also negatively impact your business in some other ways too. Let's take a look:
The number of cybercrime incidents increases every year and experts predict cyber crime damages will cost the world $6,000,000,000,000 (that's 6 six trillion annually by 2021 . This is the first thing companies should be worried about because an unsupported server would not only leave them open to attack, but it would also expose their client's private information as well. The cost of a breach can cripple some companies and it can be hard to regain the trust of a client after you lose their sensitive information.
Yes, it will cost your business to upgrade your server but running an outdated server will end up costing you more. Every year support engineers will spend more time keeping legacy systems afloat, and “fixes” tend to be inefficient which can cost your business time and money. For instance, a simple drive recovery could cost upwards of $7,500 and there is no guarantee of recovery . Budget your upgrade and start realizing new levels of productivity.
Depending on your industry, this might not yet apply to you, but for those in sectors like healthcare or finance you’ve been dealing with laws like HIPAA and Sarbanes-Oxley for years. Running a Microsoft 2008 server after January 14, 2020 will cause issues for those in these industries and companies in other industries should be ready because a national law like the GDPR is likely coming to the US soon.
If you currently run a 2008 Microsoft server and have not yet planned or budgeted to upgrade it's not too late but you will want to get a move on it right away! Server migrations can be a time-consuming and daunting task but if you have a plan in place you can segment implementation to make the process more manageable. When planning you have three solutions you can consider:
- On-Premises - If you prefer having everything under your own roof you can simply upgrade to a newer server and migrate your data onto the new server once configured.
- Cloud - Data and apps are stored off-site and can be accessed remotely so you don't have to worry about hardware maintenance or upgrades.
- Hybrid - This solution will give you the most flexibility. You can avoid the rigidity of an on-prem solution but also don’t have to depend on a cloud provider to gain access to your critical data or key applications.
As discussed, there are some obvious risks to not upgrading a dated 2008 Microsoft server but it’s not all doom and gloom. Upgrading your system gives you the opportunity to improve on weaknesses and to ensure that your IT infrastructure can support your company’s goals. Here’s how you stand to improve:
Increased Productivity/Expanded Services
I am sure we can all admit that we might not be 100% focused 100% of the time at work (I may or may not adjust a fantasy football line-up or two…), but, when we are unable to work when we need to, it is a problem. Proper servers can speed up workers’ daily functions and enable you to utilize apps to offer new client services.
If time is money than every second your business spends out of operation due to network failure should matter to you. Dated systems will break down much more often than those that are current and well maintained. Over the course of a year a dated system can lead to a significant amount of lost time.
Modernization to Beat Competition
You would be kidding yourself if you don’t believe that technology has become a crucial part of business. This trend will only accelerate, and businesses need to start integrating emerging tech and software into their operations to stay ahead of the competition. Upgrading your servers can unlock new capabilities and services to help grow your business.
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