Posted by: Heather Shy on January 31, 2020 at 8:00 am
After the Windows 7 upgrade rush earlier this month, busy business owners might be forgiven for suffering from a bit of upgrade fatigue.
But, as the saying goes, there’s no rest for the weary. In case you weren’t aware, Windows Server 2008 is also no longer supported by Microsoft.
We wrote about this last year, to remind people that this change was coming down the line, and to prepare in advance. Below is updated from that original post:
Is Upgrading Windows Server 2008 Absolutely Necessary?
YES. Once extended software support ends, the computer or server running it is no longer safe on the internet. Historically, we’ve seen huge viral infections affecting unpatched, outdated computers connected to the internet. Much like Windows 7 for workstations, Windows Server 2008 was – and still is – hugely popular. People don’t want to get rid of it. For your business’ data security, however, it’s time to embrace the future and upgrade Windows Server 2008 and 2012.
Most business owners know the risks and upgrade as needed. So, what are some options to upgrade Windows Server software this year?
Three Options for Upgrading Windows Server
Windows Server 2016. First released in 2016 (surprise), this version of Windows Server has mainstream support until 2022. For most businesses planning to upgrade, however, we would recommend moving up to the most current version.
Windows Server 2019. Microsoft released Windows Server 2019 in November 2018. Mainstream support continues until January 2024, and extended support until 2029. It’s faster and more cloud-friendly for hybrid environments versus Windows Server 2016. In addition, it has better security with embedding Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection. If you are planning to stay with a physical server model (non-cloud) for the foreseeable future, Windows Server 2019 is the version that will provide the longest service life.
Cloud Servers. No matter your company’s financial situation, you owe it to your business to at least explore cloud computing as an option. While there may be a migration project fee, a server hosted in the cloud is paid for with a flat, monthly fee. A full cloud solution always provides the latest operating system version, at no additional fee. A cloud environment can free up more time for you as well, since your IT service provider manages all upgrades behind the scenes. The cloud is not an “all or nothing” solution – services can be customized to fit your business needs. Cloud services improve year over year. If you investigated the cloud a few years ago but it wasn’t a fit for your business, have you checked lately? We offer a cloud readiness assessment that explores the possibilities of the cloud for your business.
Is your business running Windows Server 2008 or 2012? Are you planning a server upgrade this year? If so, you owe it to your business to reach out to us to discuss your options. We’ll be happy to sit down with you and review your network, then develop an upgrade plan that is right for your business. Fill out the contact form at the right or give us a call today.