Windows Server 2008 End of Support: What That Means to You and Your Business
Say Goodbye to Windows Server 2008 & 2008 R2 on January 14, 2020
In addition Microsoft’s announcing Windows 7 the end of life, they are also ending the extended support of Windows Server 2008 on January 14, 2020. This may pose an even bigger security risk than the end of support for the desktop OS. Without up to date security updates and patches your entire network running on this server is subject to many new cyber attacks and viruses. In addition to no longer receiving updates, support also comes to an end, unless you sign additional agreements and pay extra.
End of support is concerning mainly because it will leave Server 2008 vulnerable to malware and hacking. While patches will no longer come out for Server 2008, Microsoft will continue, as usual, to release fixes for bugs in current versions that might also affect Server 2008, basically providing hackers with a map of security holes to exploit. Servers that are connected to the internet, in particular, will be under threat. We have witnessed the ramifications of this firsthand when on-boarding new clients. Unpatched client web servers get hijacked and used for storing pornography and illegal movies. Even if a server isn’t accessible from the Internet, an infected workstation can spread malware to any unpatched servers on the local network. And, of course, Microsoft will not be able to provide support past January 2020.
Explore your options when retiring Windows Server 2008
A change in network infrastructure is an opportunity to improve processes and implement additional technologies whether it’s a new software platform for proprietary software applications or the purchase of new user systems. OCCloud9 is an excellent resource to evaluate and recommend the best possible solution for your company, not just a new server operating system. We look at all processes and will work with you to design a workable upgrade scenario that won’t break your budget. If upon assessment we feel that the best scenario would be to retire all hardware and move towards a cloud solution, our Cloud Migration Experts would be happy to help facilitate that process.
We understand that infrastructure upgrades are not a desired expense to incur, however for the successful operation of a business the expense to upgrade far outweighs the risks. OCCloud9 can support your organization on multiple hardware platforms, including the latest Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2016, mixed physical and virtual environments or a complete cloud migration. Our Cloud Migration Experts are opening doors to new clients where other IT Solution Providers simply lack the experience to support a wide array of IT Solutions that your company requires to function properly. Contact a member of our Technical Support Team at (949) 699-6619 for an assessment or quote for upgrade today.