From 14 January 2020, Microsoft will no longer be supporting Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2. This means your systems could be at greater risk of cyber-attacks which pose a huge threat to your business and reputation. And that’s not all – without support you may no longer comply with GDPR rules and legislation.
GDPR is about risk assessment and mitigation. Companies that continue to use software that is end of life are knowingly increasing their levels of risk. These companies are likely to face the heaviest penalties if their data is compromised.
In short, holding on to a poorly supported operating system as a cost saving measure is false economy on a potentially grand scale.
The solution? Migration to Microsoft Azure or Upgrade to Windows Server 2019 for greater innovation and built-in security.
5 reasons why you should migrate servers running Windows Server 2008 to Azure
- Lower Total Cost of Ownership
On-premise to Azure cloud migration comes with attractive infrastructure savings, including reduced (or eliminated) hardware, software, hosting, facilities and engineering support costs.
On top of that, you will only get billed for cloud resources you will use. Those can be provisioned on command, whenever the demand arises and scaled back once the peak load expires.
- Increased IT Productivity
As your business grows, new resources can be provisioned automatically in real-time. Data back-ups, security patching, version upgrades and application compatibility are set on cruise control as well. You no longer need a dedicated team to build and maintain new databases – the process is largely automated.
Per Forrester, after migration enterprises have recorded a 20% increase in IT productivity among their IT management and security teams.
- Enhanced Scalability and Performance
Unlike onsite hardware, you can quickly spin up additional instances to accommodate traffic spikes, seasonal ebbs and flows, or a rapidly growing site, app or service.
- Reduced Downtime
Enables rapid provisioning of resources whenever needed. It also allows you to ensure business continuity and enable cloud-based disaster recovery. Azure users tend to experience 71% less of unplanned downtime per year. Also, expect reductions in costs associated with lost business productivity and lost revenue due to customer dissatisfaction with application in-availability or slow performance.
- Reduced Security Risks
By migrating to Azure, you also benefit from Microsoft’s extensive security expertise. You no longer need to have an in-house team to constantly fine-tune your infrastructure in line with the latest cybersecurity best practices and monitor it round the clock. That orchestration can be largely automated.
Stay covered with Kalamazoo IT
As your IT Support partners, we know our place – at the forefront of change and by your side, Nationwide. And end of life is no exception. Use our expertise and experience to save you:
Our Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is a fully managed cloud service powered by Azure. It provides cost-effective hosting, a choice of connectivity options to complement your business and reduces your IT costs – maximising your team’s time as a resource.
Make this a change that you can control and make your next move with us. Call us on 0121 312 0801 or email [email protected] for end of life support to suit all your business needs.