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Windows Server 2003’s End of Support Date is Fast-Approaching

b2ap3_thumbnail_windows_server_2003_400Last year, Microsoft pulled the plug on Windows XP’s support. Now, one year later, Windows Server 2003 is scheduled to meet its demise. If your servers are still running Windows Server 2003 as their operating system, it’s important to upgrade before the end of support date of July 14th. Otherwise, you could be running a server operating system without necessary patches and security updates.

As the owner of a small or medium-sized business, you know how important technology is to your success. However, technology that’s outdated can hold your business back from its full potential. Therefore, it’s imperative that you always upgrade your server’s operating system when upgrades are possible. A big reason for this is to keep the competitive edge over companies running legacy software, also security is a primary concern. The latest patches and security updates are only available to supported operating systems, and Windows Server 2003 will be joining the list of unsupported systems in only a few short months.

Of course, nobody is stopping you from keeping Windows Server 2003. If you want to keep using it, you either have to go unsupported or shell out massive amounts of cash. According to Processor magazine, Microsoft is offering custom support for Windows Server 2003 for around $200,000 annually, which will certainly break your IT maintenance budget. This in particular should emphasize the importance of upgrading to a more recent server operating system, especially if you need to comply with strict security standards put into place by HIPAA and other industry-specific ordinances.

While upgrading away from Windows Server 2003 is a simple enough process, you need to be aware of what kinds of applications your business utilizes. After all, some of your older applications might have trouble moving from a 32-bit operating system to a more recent one. This kind of project requires the skills and knowledge of trained professionals, so this must be taken into account when upgrading to a new OS. Approach this project knowing what you need and how to go about integrating these changes into your infrastructure. This will prevent expensive downtime by keeping your server online as long as possible.

PACE Technical Services knows how to carry out this procedure in the quickest and most efficient manner possible. We can put together a time-saving plan that takes into account minor discrepancies and larger problems which might arise from the process. We’ll migrate your data to a temporary server so your business can set up your new server, meaning minimum downtime for your business. Productivity can continue without a hitch.

Of course, you also have the option of virtualizing your server units and adjusting for growth that way. Your old server units likely experience a lot of wear and tear over the years, so this is a good way to eliminate the need for physical maintenance associated with the server’s hardware. A cloud server is just as efficient, and it’s easier on your operating costs.

PACE Technical Services can help you understand the best course of action for your business. Give us a call at 905.763.7896 for more information about server maintenance, upgrades, and more.

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