Microsoft Server 2008 Is Reaching It’s End Of Life
Nothing lasts forever. Whether it’s your current smartphone or the current user interface on your email client, nothing stays the same in technology.
The next major change you have to be aware of is Microsoft Server 2008 End Of Life – are you ready?
What Does End Of Life Mean For Microsoft Server 2008?
By now, you should’ve heard plenty about End of Life for Microsoft Server 2008. You know – when all support will end, on January 14, 2020.
This means no more bug fixes or security updates. Over time, the usability of Microsoft Server 2008 will degrade. There will be a loss of usability and increased vulnerability.
Unless you’re really bad at planning ahead, you’ve likely got some plan in place to upgrade your systems before January 14.
But if not? You’re not just risking the problems that come from a lack of support…
- No free security updates on-premises
- No non-security updates
- No free support options
- No online technical content update
What Should You Be Doing To Prepare?
The simplest course of action is to start planning your move to Microsoft Azure, the cloud computing service offered by Microsoft as a modern alternative to their older server operating systems.
In addition to protecting you from an unsupported operating system, upgrading to Microsoft Azure will offer a number of benefits, such as three additional years of Critical and Important security updates at no additional charge, as well as the many features of Microsoft Azure.
What Is Microsoft Azure?
Azure is Microsoft’s enterprise-grade cloud computing platform – you and your team can rely on this solution to help you can cut costs by hosting off-site and benefit from a totally scalable configuration that fits your needs.
Why Move To Microsoft Azure?
In addition to the fact that Microsoft Server 2008 is almost at End of Life? There are a number of other reasons to make the change as well:
- Your hardware has reached its physical capacity limit in its existing on-premises datacenter.
- Your datacenter does not have enough physical space to continue storing new data.
- Your hardware is unable to supply the necessary power or cooling.
- You’re looking to eliminate or reduce the management of hardware.
As a robust cloud solution, Microsoft Azure offers a range of benefits to businesses. By moving your data to the cloud, you gain a number of strategic advantages:
- Realize the power of fully managed services: Being free of onsite servers is just the beginning of the benefits offered by Azure. The serverless computing solutions offered by Azure equips you with the capability to take advantage of programming models that are offered nowhere else, helping to simplify event-driven computing.
Managed services available om Azure involve data, messaging, and intelligence to create scalable, highly available applications. Give your team the toolset that they need to focus on identifying and developing solutions to real business problems.
- Boost your productivity via Azure’s end-to-end development experience: Beyond the managed services, Azure has a range of further tools to help your team do what they do even better. This comprehensive set of development, deployment, and management tools includes local development and debugging via Visual Studio or the Azure CLI, continuous deployment with Azure DevOps tools, and live monitoring thanks to Application Insights.
- Access and deploy your serverless solutions wherever you need to: No matter where you need them, Azure offers easy access to the solutions you use. Whether you’re on-premises, working in a hybrid environment like Azure Stack, on IoT Edge devices, or in other clouds, you can access functions as need be.
With Azure, you benefit from speed, scalability and lower operating costs – plus the burden of management is basically alleviated.
Need Assistance With End Of Life?
End Of Life is just a part of doing business – no matter what hardware or software you use, eventually it’ll reach the end of its life. Every Windows operating system has a lifecycle. It’s important that you stay up-to-date about essential End-of-Life dates.
This will help you make informed decisions about when to upgrade or make other changes to your software or hardware. Furthermore, we will help you make informed decisions about when to upgrade or make changes to your other software or hardware.
If you need help in managing End Of Life, allow us to assist – our team can assist in building a plan for migrating.
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