As if the loss of the much-loved Windows 7 wasn’t heartache enough, Microsoft will be retiring another of its most well-received operating systems in January.
On January 14th 2020, Microsoft will be ending all support for Windows Server 2008. While it was as far back as 2015 that mainstream support for the system ended, 2020 will see any updates for security and compatibility ending once and for all.
For any enterprises still running the declining software, the time to upgrade is now. With applications, comms and data management all maintained by this integral software, the security and usability of all will suffer over time. As we noted in our recent blog, outdated software becomes a prime target for cyber-criminals, who take advantage of their waning protective measures.
Updating such a key piece of infrastructure can often prove a lengthy task, which is why we encourage all Server 2008 users to promptly review their upgrade options and plan their strategy accordingly. Microsoft Azure can re-host Server 2008 workloads to the cloud, while Windows Server 2016 offers improved functionality with continued security updates.
Microsoft offer a guide to the End-of-Life process here - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/cloud-platform/windows-server-2008
If You’re Looking to Make the Upgrade, Mirus can Help.
Our experts can run a full and thorough review of your services, helping you through the upgrade process and future-proofing your business with ongoing IT support