It is very easy to feel comfortable with a server that has been running stably and reliably for years. When Windows Server 2003 was released it offered greatly enhanced scalability through additional RAM access and improved multithreading along with enhanced security. But there comes a day when the risks of keeping that server as is outweighs the benefits of leaving it as it. That day has been marked as July 14 2015 for Windows Server 2003, the last day that Microsoft will provide updates for the operating system.
What can you expect?
No More Updates
After July 14th Microsoft will not provide patches, security updates or hot fixes. These unmatched vulnerabilities can lead to cybersecurity problems such as malicious attacks or even data loss. In addition most vendors will no longer provide driver update and patches leaving the hardware vulnerable to issues that can range from lock ups to hard drive data loss.
Failed Industry Compliance
Industries that have requirements such as HIPAA, HITECH, PCI, SOX and many others will be heavily impacted as all of those regulations require that all systems be supported by the software vendor. This can impact your business with penalties and fees that far exceed the cost of upgrading.
If you still have a 2003 server running in your environment, we can help, with years of migration experience to help make the process go smoothly.