Understanding Windows Server 2008 End of Life
Windows Server 2008, the successor to Windows 2003 Server, is no longer supported as of January 14th, 2020. If you are still running on a server that uses this operating system it is imperative that you get up-to-date. No updating your operating system or server from one that doesn’t have support has had serious ramifications in the past.
For example Windows XP, which experienced its end-of-support date in 2014, had numerous users of the widely popular operating system did not take the end support seriously. Resulting in missed, and very necessary, software patches and updates that protected the end user. Making them extremely vulnerable to malware, ransomware, and viruses. Further supporting why it’s imperative to upgrade away from the Windows Server 2008 as soon as possible.
Data Loss and Hardware Failure
If your business’s server is running Windows Server 2008, there’s a chance that the hardware it’s running on hasn’t been upgraded for quite awhile. When servers go unmaintained, or never upgraded, they become vulnerable to cyberattacks and prone to hardware failure. A hardware failure in itself is a disaster and can lead to a loss of critical data, causing extensive downtime that your business can’t afford.
Limited Compatibility with Legacy Software
Aside from hardware failure, more complications arise with ignoring upgrading away from a Windows Server 2008. Most often businesses take advantage of a myriad of applications that require different specifications. Your business might also have multiple underutilized servers that all run different operating systems and different applications. Making your IT infrastructure unnecessarily complex, outdated, and not cross compatible, making it more difficult (and expensive) to manage.
Upgrading from Windows Server 2008 includes migrating your data to a more modern server, and there will likely be some legacy applications that have fallen out of regular support or are simply not compatible with a more modern operating system. MyTek can help your business identify these discrepancies and discover the best solutions to navigate those complications.
Let MyTek Help You Stay Up-To-Date and Secure
You don’t want to wait until the last minute to upgrade away from an old and unsupported server. It’s an involved process that demands both time and a certain aptitude for technology. MyTek can help wean your business off of Windows Server 2008 and legacy systems and integrate new, modern solutions designed to improve efficiency. Contact us or give us a call at 623-312-2440 to learn more.