We are sending this note to you to let you know that Windows Server 2008 (WS2008) is due to reach the end of its life on December 31, 2019. Microsoft will no longer support the software, which means no further patches or security updates and a security risk and compliance headache for businesses.
If you’re wondering what this means for you, it comes down to this – there will be no patches or security updates, putting your applications and business at risk. New threats won’t be addressed and your WS2008 systems will become a security risk and compliance nightmare. As your Trusted IT Partner, we recommend that all systems running WS2008 are retired prior to December 31, 2019.
Advantage utilizes a four-step approach to migrating from WS2008:
- Discovery of the existing environment
- Assessment of workloads
- Pinpointing where those workloads can move to
- The migration itself
In the coming weeks we will be in touch with you to talk about the retirement of WS2008 and how it will impact your business. For those of you on our AMS plan, we have already accomplished the first bullet point above.
On the call, we will discuss applications that your business needs to continue to use so that we can recommend the best way to proceed with the server replacement while having the least impact possible to your business. There may be several different outcomes for any given server:
- Retirement without replacement
- Retirement with replacement
- Migration to cloud based services without replacement
- A combination of a local server with some cloud based services