Managed IT

Is Your Windows Server Losing Crucial Support?

Written by Victoria Wilson
Windows Sever 2008 End of Support

Are you prepared for the end of service and support to your Windows Server?

If you are running Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2 in your business' data centre or server room, then you may already be aware that changes are coming.

The scheduled end of extended support for the Windows Server 2008 is January 14, 2020. 

End of support refers to the date when Microsoft no longer provides automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance.

On-premises Windows servers (Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2) will be losing support in these key ways:

  • Free security updates on-premises
  • Non-security updates
  • Free support options
  • Online technical content update

Why is this so critical, and what should you do to prepare?

Put simply, without the automatic support updates, any security vulnerabilities found in these servers will not be addressed, leaving the doors open and legacy users exposed to targeted attacks by opportunistic cyber criminals.

In the past when an announcement like this was made, some organisations choose to keep running their servers without support, patches or updates. However, with cyber crime and malware on the rise, the risk and potential cost is simply too great.

If you are still operating with these Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2 units, begin planning now.

We've created this PDF to help you to decide which path is right for you.

But how can you really decide whether cloud hosting is a good fit for your organisation? 

That's where we can help. Our team of Microsoft-fluent technicians can analyse your current infrastructure and offer strategic guidance on the benefits and process of a migration to the cloud. 

Compared to the cost and efforts of running and maintaining on-premises hardware, cloud hosting offers these distinct benefits:

  • Agility, flexibility and scale
  • Cost savings
  • Robust DR provision with cost-effective, fast data recovery
  • Benefits of managed cloud solutions and external expertise

Finding a holistic approach to cloud services – led by a methodology-driven path is crucial to seamless introduction. Our TechWorkshop, for instance, formalises our expertise in creating an agile, agnostic approach to tech infrastructure, using our core principles to create a methodology with a systematic, thorough analysis of your IT environment.

Our team can help you determine the best path forward once the Windows Server 2008 hardware has been phased out. With an emphasis on data security from start to finish, we will ensure that your migration to the cloud is completed without interruptions to normal service.

From there, our specialisation in managed IT services means that you won't have to worry about security updates and patches.

Additionally, you'll have access to our 24/7/365 help desk, who have achieved a 97% positive customer feedback rate. This level of service means you won't be left to fight against malware and cyber attacks on your own.

When you opt for a managed cloud solution, you can relax knowing that you'll receive tech expertise with a track record of bespoke configuration, with your platform architecture designed to maximise business benefits.

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