Extended support for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 & Windows Server 2008 XR expires soon. Now is a great time to upgrade.
Companies that are unable to upgrade to new systems by the end of support period — January 14, 2020 — will no longer receive security updates, leaving them vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks and out of compliance with industry standards and legal regulations. But upgrading is not as difficult as it may sound, and it’s a great opportunity to strengthen your defenses and improve efficiency.
Switching over to a newer system using Microsoft Data Migration Assistant or Azure Migrate gives you an opportunity to inventory your entire workload and infrastructure, allowing you to evaluate your current processes as well as plan and prioritize for improvements. Migrating to the cloud with Azure VM and upgrading to Windows Server 2016 allows you to ditch outdated tools and systems and get up-to-date.
Migrating to a new system is a great opportunity to:
Microsoft recently announced that the extended support for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will no longer be available from January 14, 2020. Businesses that are unable to upgrade their systems before said date will not be receiving any more security updates, making them non-compliant to industry standards and at risk of cyberattacks. Though upgrading may sound like a hassle, this can be a great opportunity to further strengthen your defenses and employ more efficient processes.
Support for Internet Explorer on Windows 7 devices will be discontinued on January 14, 2020. As a component of Windows operating system, Internet Explorer follows the same support life cycle. You can continue to use Windows 7, but once support ends, your PC will become more vulnerable to security risks. Windows will operate but you will stop receiving security and feature updates. Microsoft is set to end extended support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020, putting a halt on the free bug fixes and security patches for most who have the operating system installed.
Questions about Windows 7 End of Support?
On January 14, 2020, Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will reach the end of their support lifecycle. This means an end to free security updates on premises, non-security updates, free support options, and online technical content updates. Users can continue to use these products, but they will be far more vulnerable to data breaches and other cybersecurity threats. Migrating to Microsoft Azure, the recommended option, includes an additional 3 years of support for security updates labeled “Critical” or “Important.” Continued use of Windows Server 2008 after the end-of-service date could also put users at risk of violating data protection compliance regulations.
Questions about Windows 2008 End of Support?
Switching to a new system can be daunting and complicated, which is why Centaris shares the following tips to ease business owners into the process.
Make an inventory of your workloads and apps using Microsoft Data Migration Assistant or Azure Migrate. Classify each by risk, criticality, and complexity so you can easily plan and prioritize based on concerns and opportunities.
Use this opportunity to update vital aspects of your business and switch from outdated platforms. Upgrade to Windows Server 2016 for your on-premise server and migrate apps to the cloud through Azure VM.
Calibrate your technology investments to control resources, optimize expenses, and fortify compliance and security throughout hybrid cloud workloads.
Optimize on-premise systems
Upgrade servers to prepare for cloud migration
Move to the cloud
Move Windows Server 2008, 2012, and 2016 apps to Azure VM.
Reconstruct & redevelop
If you have a developer, rewrite apps using Azure PaaS or simply store on Windows Server 2016.