“The storming of the Bastille is a time to commemorate the start of the French revolution on July 14th, 1789. This year, we hope that date will be a little less tumultuous. Although it’s the day when Microsoft ends its support for the decade-old operating system Windows Server 2003, companies can still put in place a plan to migrate away from their tired and worn IT solutions.”
“There are around 9.1 million instances of WS2003 OS’s around the world; figures for the UK are less precise, but potentially hundreds of thousands of businesses of all sizes are affected. Small and medium sized businesses are especially vulnerable, as they lack the back-up and IT resources found in many larger companies.
“One thing is certain on July 14 this year – if companies do nothing they may risk everything. Businesses that choose to continue running WS2003 run the risk of major business trauma – perhaps not immediately, but in the near future.
“Our research with the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) shows that 72% of businesses use infrastructure refresh as an opportunity to refine their IT strategy. Over the past four years, cloud adoption rates have grown by 61.5%, resulting in 78% of businesses having one or more cloud-based services in use. Another 71% expect to retain on-premises IT for the foreseeable future.
“The future for most organisations is a hybrid one in which local IT infrastructure is integrated with the cloud. WS2003 end of support could signal the beginning of a new stage in an organisation’s IT evolution.
“A hybrid model also allows you to get the performance and control of on-premise IT with the best of the cloud. Provided ‘as-a-service’, the hybrid model allows companies to predict monthly costs and quickly remove services and users when no longer required. With IT as a service, companies can also eradicate any future issues with end-of-life technology.
“Feedback from our customers is clear – it’s easy to improve an IT refresh business case based on predictable OPEX rather than upfront CAPEX. So set up costs are contained and lifetime support efforts and associated costs mitigated.
“Migration away from the decade-old operating system doesn’t have to be as painful as many may think. It’s important to understand that although organisations need to act now, they don’t have to change everything all at once. This IT refresh can be an evolution, rather than a revolution – so there’s no need to lose your head!”
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