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Mar 21, 2017

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The clock is ticking for Windows Server 2008

The end of mainstream support for any system that is still in use is going to have an impact on your business and is certainly something that you’ll need to consider a contingency for.

Technology demands of the modern office means that the landscape in which we consume and utilise business technology is changing, at an alarming rate, and a business’s IT department will need to start mapping out their business critical systems that currently have a shorter shelf life.  

Windows Server 2008 customers will be all too aware that the mainstream support already ceased to exist and what we are now heading towards is the end of life that’s due to take place early 2020.

For some, it would seem tempting to simply carry on regardless; however, the risks you take in doing this would certainly outweigh any short-term financial gain.  When a server product reaches its end of life, in effect it means there will be no more new features, updates or patches. This leaves the operating system vulnerable and exposed to a number of security threats that would put your business at significant risk of cybercrime. Equally, it’s likely that you’d no longer remain compliant, which could affect your business development efforts.

As if that wasn’t enough, without any updates or new features, that would normally enhance efficiency and optimise performance. It will be like standing still in technology that’s already considered archaic in tech terms.

Obvious upgrades for Windows Server 2008 would be products such as Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2016 R2, however, it’s also worth mentioning that IT technology has moved on so much, that the solution you considered right for your business a decade ago may no longer be relevant. There are many options to suit every business set up and every budget.

We utilise a modern day approach to the IT audit, called ‘The Modern Office’. We review your current office setting, and then redefine and make recommendations on how the business’s IT can evolve to take full advantage of the wide range of modern technologies available to you that can remove business risks and support business growth.