Where were you in 2003? I remember a few things. Joy at my first colour screen Nokia 1100 … Despair as the All Blacks exited the World Cup … Frustration as that darn paper clip popped up on my Word documents offering friendly advice …
Like cell phones, the All Blacks and Clippie (RIP), IT has changed a lot since then. It’s a little startling then to realise that there are still many businesses using a piece of technology that first appeared in 2003 – Windows Server 2003/R2.
It is estimated that in New Zealand, 44 percent of all Windows Server instances in businesses are still running Windows Server 2003. That certainly goes to show that it has provided a robust platform for business IT that CIOs trust for performance and reliability.
However, like any industry, IT has moved forward and so has the Windows Server operating system. So much so that Microsoft has determined that July 15, 2015 will mark the end-of-support (EOS) date for Windows Server 2003/R2.
It is important to understand what the risks are to your business in not upgrading to a modern version of Windows Server before this deadline.
To keep costs down and make it possible for IT to respond to this rising demand, IDC predicts that:
However, the question is: how can IT build a cloud strategy that makes sense for you? And just as important, how can IT continue to take advantage of the strengths of today’s data centres while evolving to a new hybrid cloud model?
If you would like to learn more about Windows Server 2003 EOS and how you can take advantage of the modern Windows Server platforms, get yourself along to one of the free Microsoft ModernBiz events, running in a town near you over the coming weeks.
For a full list of dates, times, locations, and registration details, visit http://www.microsoft.com/nz/modernbiz/
by Fred Piliu (Windows Server Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft NZ)