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Windows Server 2003 IS Going Bye Bye. Ensure your network is not at risk.

In case you haven’t heard, Microsoft has announced that the end of life for Windows Server 2003 (WS2003) is July 14, 2015 and you will no longer get extended support for WS 2003.

If you’re wondering what this means for you, it comes down to this – there will be no patches or security updates, putting your applications and business at risk. New threats won’t be addressed, and your WS2003 systems will become a security risk and compliance nightmare.

Do you have a plan in place to protect your company? Industry experts estimate that there are plenty of servers still running WS2003 that will soon be stranded without support.  If your IT department hasn’t developed a plan to move you off of the 2003 family of Microsoft products (Server 2003, SQL 2005, Exchange 2003, Office 2003, Windows XP), you need to make this a priority in 2015.  Cybercriminals around the globe are waiting for Microsoft to end support and then launch an attack those servers that will be ripe for an attack.

There is still time to put a plan together and plan an upgrade to Windows Server 2012 or even Windows Server 2008R2, but we recommend you start now. If you are not interested in purchasing more server licenses or even new server hardware, look into ISI’s Cloud Computing services as an option. It may be the right time to make the switch vs. re-investing in more onsite hardware/software. With Cloud Computing, your firm’s network can be installed on a Cloud platform, such as ISI’s Cloud Connect. You don’t have to worry about servers or the ending of support because your Cloud provider is constantly keeping the hardware and operating systems up to date. In terms of investment, you can save the upfront capital expenditure of hardware and software, and instead covert that into a monthly operating expense that is scalable as your firm’s needs grow or retract. Whether Cloud or onsite, our message is to make sure you are still not using  Windows Server 2003 after July 14, 2015!  Connect with us to learn more….