Are you ready for end of support for Windows Server 2008 in January 2020?

Most organizations must always keep a tight control on costs to boost profitability. This includes watching all company expenses, especially when it comes to IT infrastructure. The problem occurs when an organization puts cost savings in front of innovation and, in some cases, security. If your organization is running its business on outdated servers, there are a whole host of issues that you may face when it comes to the security of your data and your entire company.

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Are you still running Windows Server 2008?

Many companies are still running Windows Server 2008, which in 2019 is an extremely outdated operating system. Microsoft recently announced that in January of 2020, support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will end. This means that organizations will no longer receive security updates for their outdated servers, which should spur you to upgrade your server infrastructure well before the end of 2019.

Risks of using outdated servers

There are several reasons why you should avoid using outdated servers. A few of these include:

Risk of security breaches

One of the most important aspects of any operating system is the regular security updates that ensure your server is properly protected against the latest cyber threats. At the end of 2019, Microsoft will no longer be releasing security updates for Windows Server 2008, which likely means hackers will be hard at work attempting to spot and take advantage of any vulnerabilities.

Compliance concerns

Depending on your industry, you may have certain regulatory requirements that include keeping your equipment up to date. Continuing to run an outdated version of Windows Server 2008 could cause you to be out of compliance, which may result in stiff penalties.

Access to the latest technologies

With the latest Windows Server 2016, you’ll have access to new technologies that allow you to not only protect your infrastructure and data from the latest security threats but also leverage the power of the cloud to boost productivity and profitability for your distributed workforce. Windows Server 2016 offers full support for virtual machines hosted either on-site or in the cloud, which can allow you to easily scale your business as your needs grow. This is much more cost effective compared to antiquated technology where your only option was to purchase and install servers on-premises based on your needs.

Don’t let your competition innovate while you stagnate

Thanks to the latest technology, organizations can make split-second decisions based on massive amounts of data points. To gain that competitive edge, you need to ensure you’re working efficiently. One of the key components of working smarter not harder is ensuring that you’re using state of the art infrastructure. Don’t let your competitors keep their infrastructure up to date while you flounder and find yourself left in the “dust” when it comes to innovation.

Keep your data protected with Windows Server 2016

The bottom line is that there are millions of different security threats that come in the form of viruses, malware, and many other types of cyberattacks. One of the most foundational ways to protect your infrastructure from these attacks is by ensuring your operating system is up to date. If you’re currently running Windows Server 2008, make it a priority to upgrade prior to the end of 2019. Should you need any assistance along the way, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

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