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Benefits of leaving Windows Server 2003

We all have heard of the adage “if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.” However, this old saying certainly does not apply to the Windows Server 2003 update. On July 14, 2015, Server 2003 will no longer be supported by Windows. Though the server will not suddenly stop running, there are various reasons why the benefits of updating could outweigh the costs.

Security
As of July 14, 2015, Microsoft will no longer be extending the issuance of patches for malware protections for organizations. Along with the discontinuation of product updates, servers will no longer receive new security support, leaving various secured systems unpatched. According to Guy Baroan, the founder and president of Baroan Technologies, “From a security perspective, they definitely want to have patches and vulnerability assessments from Microsoft—these are in place to protect them. If the software is still supported, Microsoft will find the vulnerabilities and provide a patch.” Read more about security here.

Cost
Because the server will no longer be supported by Windows, using the expired system will be more costly for users due to additional operational/capital expenses. As the software goes out of support, software and hardware vendors will make their products incompatible and discontinue their support for the platform. All in all, in the long run it would be more cost effective to update and pay for a system that is current rather than one that is no longer supported.

Scalability 
Server 2012 R2 was created with the intentions of converging between desktops to mobile usability. The old Terminal Services will be replaced with the Remote Desktop Services which provides a simpler way to connect profiles, display options, and applications for clients using devices such as Android and iOS. With this new infrastructure systems are more scalable through the integration of new programs like Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and the Cloud OS Network.

Storage
Server 2012 offers a new feature that allows users to inexpensively use hard drives to make a storage pool. The system allows you to expand the storage by adding a new hard disk which provides a space that is larger than the physical capacity of the pool. If the user decides to add a new drive, the space will automatically use the extra capacity. Read more about storage here.

Updating to a new server can be a huge transition so don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Sources:
http://www.rackspace.com/blog/are-you-still-running-windows-server-2003/
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10-things/10-compelling-reasons-to-upgrade-to-windows-server-2012/
http://blog.cdw.com/windows-server-2003-end-of-life-the-4-biggest-benefits-of-updating/#.VaQElPlVhBd

 

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