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Windows server migration
Since the introduction of Windows Server 2003 technological developments have taken place with incredible speed. Modern society is more connected than ever and information is expected to be readily available on any device. This calls for an entirely new approach to database management as well as connecting systems and people. Due to these developments Microsoft will end support for Windows Server 2003. Businesses using the platform need to seriously consider their migration to another platform due to the following reasons:

security updates
37 critical updates were released in 2013 for Windows Server 2003/R2 under extended support. No security updates will be developed or released after end of support.
Lack of compliance with various standards and regulations can be devastating. This may include various regulatory and industry standards for which compliance can no longer be achieved.
safe haven
All servers running Windows Server 2003/R2 are affected. Both virtualized and physical instances of Windows Server 2003/R2 are vulnerable. Many applications will no longer be supported, once the operating system they are running on is unsupported. This includes all Microsoft applications, including Microsoft Small Business Server (SBS) 2003 servers.
Staying put will cost more in the end. Maintenance costs for aging hardware will also increase, and customers will face added costs for intrusion detection systems, more advanced firewalls, network segmentation, and other security measures—all simply to isolate Windows Server 2003/R2 servers.

Windows server migration is crucial

A Windows server migration from the 2003 release to a more sophisticated platform such as Windows Server 2012 is crucial because the end of support for Windows Server 2003 comes with some big implications. For instance, new security issues will not be fixed so that your company is vulnerable to attacks from viruses and hackers. Apart from the security issues, postponing your Windows server migration can also lead to compliance issues. Also, companies that are not willing to invest in a Windows server migration will be confronted with considerable costs for additional support from Microsoft.

Plan your Windows server migration

Enterprises should plan their Windows server migration before 14 July 2015, because on that date Microsoft will end support for Windows Server 2003. Security updates and support for technical issues will no longer take place and there will be no more software updates. According to Microsoft, the server operating system is no longer safe to use after 14 July 2015 and organizations that do not invest in Windows server migration to another platform will be confronted with safety and compliance issues as well as a considerable impact on existing IT-environments.

Let assist you

As a Microsoft COSN partner you can rely on our expertise to migrate your IT environment in the most effective and efficient way possible. Our experience with complex migrations translates into the following bulletpoints:

  • We pay extra attention to prevent security and compliance risks.

  • We help you to stop wasting time, resources, and money on running and maintaining aging hardware and software and other technologies and services needed to support Windows Server 2003/R2.

  • With our diverse expertise, we are able to explore solutions that meet your requirements for moving off of Windows Server 2003/R2 no matter where you are in the planning process.
  • We can help you benefit from the flexibility and efficiency of hybrid cloud services.

  • As an international infrastructure as a service provider we can assist and advise on alternatives for supporting traditional on-premises infrastructure, including the extensive hardware and software maintenance it requires. We can assist you in moving from a capital expenditure to operational expenditure model.

  • Migrate to a scalable infrastructure in response to organizational needs and priorities.

Positive changes

A Windows server migration requires a considerable investment, but at the same time there will be many positive changes to the way businesses store data and organize their workload. You will see cost savings, improved security and performance as well as high scalability and cloud support.

Planning your Windows server migration ahead is of the highest importance. is a leading managed-hosting provider that can support your Windows server migration. Please contact us today for more information.

Microsoft COSN Partner is one of the thirteen Dutch COSN partners. This partner program consists globally out of eighty service providers that offer hybrid cloud solutions based on Microsoft technology. We are the only Dutch COSN partner with a global hybrid cloud proposition. This partner program comes highly recommended and is considered to be a standard in hybrid-cloud services due to Microsofts strict selection process. Red Cloud is fully compatible with hybrid Cloud solutions. This enables companies to connect independent components of their IT environment (e.g. on-premise, bare metal and colocated hardware) with one another to run applications where they perform best.