NEW YORK, Jan. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Winter may be here now, but for some data centers, the cold will continue into July when Microsoft is poised to end support for Windows Server 2003/R2. This means no more updates or patches from Microsoft, which can result in a less stable and less secure infrastructure for organizations that have not yet transitioned to Windows Server 2012 R2. A surprisingly large number – analysts estimate as much as 60 percent – of customers have not yet created a migration plan. According to Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (www.us.logicalis.com) assisting clients in the assessment, design, planning, migration and deployment activities related to this transition, there are five significant reasons doing nothing can spell disaster.
"With the kinds of legacy workloads being run and the mission-critical data stored on Windows Server 2003 systems, this migration is an absolute necessity. Doing nothing could result in some unwelcome publicity. At a minimum, customers should inventory their applications and understand their interdependencies with each other and the underlying infrastructure. Logicalis has created a no-cost workshop to help customers get to this base level of understanding," says Samad Ali, Vice President, HP Solutions, Logicalis US.
Five Reasons to Create a Windows Server 2003 Migration Plan
"This transition can be about much more than Windows Server migration. It is an opportunity for CIOs to transform IT from a cost center, with separately maintained servers, storage, networks and de-centralized management, into a services-defined organization capable of leveraging cloud computing to deliver technology as a service in a way that meets the company's business objectives," says Ali.
- Manage dependencies. Today's application environment is interdependent. Understanding whether the upgrade of an application to comply with Windows Server 2012 will also require a database upgrade is critical to understating the complete scope of work and associated vulnerabilities. Furthermore, homegrown applications may require recompiles and upgrades to libraries.
- Improve security. As security patches and hot fixes will no longer be available, exiting infrastructure and applications will be vulnerable to future security threats and downtime.
- Maintain compliance. Outdated software could threaten to create compliance risks.
- Seize opportunity. Organizations could use this opportunity to take advantage of modern IT infrastructure, management tools, cloud, and application modernization options.
- Save money. Fees for a custom support agreement after Windows Server 2003 End of Support, if available, will likely escalate rapidly.
Want to Learn More?
- With Microsoft Windows Server 2003/R2 end of life fast approaching, it's time to find out how to migrate to the future: http://ow.ly/ELleA.
- Logicalis is both a Gold-Certified Microsoft Partner and an HP Platinum Partner. Learn more here: http://ow.ly/ELlkV.
- What is the "service-defined enterprise"? Find out here: http://ow.ly/ELlnN.
Logicalis is an international IT solutions and managed services provider with a breadth of knowledge and expertise in communications and collaboration, data center and cloud services, and managed services.
Logicalis employs over 3,800 people worldwide, including highly trained service specialists who design, specify, deploy and manage complex IT infrastructures to meet the needs of almost 6,000 corporate and public sector customers. To achieve this, Logicalis maintains strong partnerships with technology leaders such as Cisco, HP, IBM, CA Technologies, EMC, NetApp, Microsoft, VMware and ServiceNow.
The Logicalis Group has annualized revenues of $1.6 billion from operations in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific and is one of the leading IT and communications solution integrators specializing in the areas of advanced technologies and services.
The Logicalis Group is a division of Datatec Limited, listed on the Johannesburg and London AIM Stock Exchanges, with revenues of approximately $6 billion.
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