Windows Server 2008 end of support - What are the options?

Microsoft Windows

It may seem a long way off, however Microsoft will be ending support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 in just over a year’s time on 14 January 2020.

This means the end of security updates and patches/fixes and therefore if you decide to continue to use these operating systems after this date, your software will be vulnerable to cyberattacks and you will have an increased risk of security and data breaches.

You need to start preparing and considering your options, don’t let your infrastructure continue unprotected. Give yourself at least 6 months to plan your upgrade.

What are the options?

  1. If you want to keep applications and data running on premise, upgrade to a newer version of Windows Server to benefit from the most updated features, strongest security and innovation. You may want take this opportunity to transform your applications and infrastructure and take advantage of cloud solutions with Microsoft Azure services.
  2. If you do not want to upgrade to the newer versions, you could consider moving your Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 and SQL 2008/2008 R2 to Microsoft Azure. Microsoft have announced that Extended Security Updates will be available for free in Azure for 2008 and 2008 R2 versions of SQL Server and Windows Server to help secure your workloads for three more years after the end of support deadline.

How Timewade can help:

Timewade has over 30 years’ experience of helping organisations decide which route is best for their business, we also have skilled IT professionals who will work with you to understand your business needs together with necessary expertise in all installation, cloud and migration projects. Please do get in touch to discuss the options with us

Thinking of moving to the cloud, you may find our blog useful  – Why make the switch to Microsoft Azure

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