It's Time to Plan Migration from Windows Server 2003 to Server 2012

In today’s business environment, companies are looking to maximize the value of their IT systems. Budgets are tight and compromises have to be made. As technology evolves, decisions must be made when to upgrade the various components of the system. Even though every IT system - and each of the components within it - has a life cycle, budgetary constraints and needs of the business dictate the pace at which upgrades are made. Today’s IT leaders establish solid IT plans based on fact-basedbudgets that can more accurately predict Total Cost of Ownership. Plans and budgets aside, it is time to migrate from Windows Server 2003 to Server 2012.

While there are many reason to plan migration from Windows Server 2003 to Server 2012, here are our top 5.

1. Support for Windows Server 2003 ends July 14, 2015. While it is still possible to keep working with Server 2003 beyond the date support ends, you will face several issues if you decide to keep the server. Here are a few examples: 

  • Your operational expenses will begin to mount at a greater pace.
  • Your data will be at risk if you don’t take the right technical steps as you move beyond end of support
  • The security of your system will be at risk as vulnerabilities will no longer be addressed

2. Server 2012 offers improved security. Here are just some examples of the updated features on Windows Server 2012.

  • It is much more difficult for hostile or intrusive software to gain control of your system.
  • Disk encryption is easier.
  • It is more difficult for fraudulent anti-malware to gain access to your system.
  • Documents can be automatically classified, encrypted, and user-access limited based on the document content.

3. Server manageability improved. It is easier for you to manage multiple servers and the devices connected to them across multiple sites. Increased automation easily and simply allows you to employ multiple servers. You are able to maintain more servers and services while utilizing fewer resources.

4. Increased efficiency. Management and automation of your system is streamlined affording greater efficiency. Greater performance of operating system leads to increased efficiencies for demanding workloads with fewer inaccuracies. Storage efficiency is also greatly increased, and storage costs lowered.

5. Virtualization developments reduce cost and increase operational efficiency.Deployment and maintenance of applications is faster. Additional workloads can be combined on fewer servers. You now have the flexibility to:

  • Virtualize workloads
  • Create your own private cloud
  • Utilize a public cloud
  • Integrate all three

While your Windows System 2003 won’t stop working on July 14, 2015, ultimately you will have to weigh your options and decide between allocating capital expenditure to upgrade to a new server, or allocating growing operational expenditure and accepting the increased risk of keeping your Server 2003 in service. It’s actually a very interesting discussion. If you need help establishing all of the relevant facts to help you reach the right decision, contact an experienced IT professional.

If you have already migrated to Windows 2012, tell us about your experiences in the comment section below.