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The Cloud – Modernize as you migrate

 
Assuming that your organization is well down the road when it comes to adopting the Cloud and in fact, has been utilizing the Cloud for a while, then you are likely a true believer that ultimately all of your applications will be migrated to the Cloud. It is no longer a question of “if” but more a question of “when” and “how.”  These days, the majority of test, dev, external websites and mobile apps are already born in the cloud.                 
 
Applications make businesses run. Businesses have tons of applications ranging from purchased (commercial off the shelf) to homegrown (bespoke) and likely some customized, purchased apps that now look a lot like the homegrown ones. One of the big problems with apps is that once they are built and deployed they rarely get replaced or decommissioned.   Application sprawl and aging application portfolios are among the root causes for much of the fixed cost in an IT budget and can consume close to 80% of the dollars.
 
With Cloud, IT can get visibility into the true cost of running an application. There is a bill every month that can be passed onto the application owner. Easy, clear charge- back for much of the fixed operating cost of a business application allows the business to make more informed decisions about how to spend their money. Is XYZ application really worth more than ABC app every month?
 
Most data centers do not have easy charge-back and monthly billing built into their operating infrastructure.
 
At AppZero we have seen a few companies who are moving legacy apps to the Cloud in order to be able to send the app owner a bill every month.  We have heard consistently that the visibility provided by a monthly bill accelerates the decommissioning of apps that are no longer necessary. “Trimming the herd” was an expression that caught my ear last week.
 
There are a lot of reasons to modernize the infrastructure that runs your apps. Operating System end of support like what will soon happen with Windows Server 2003 is one of them.  Harmonizing disparate data centers accumulated over the years via acquisition and adopting cloud with a standardized foundation for automation, scale and visibility, are a couple more.     
 
WS2003 Level of Readiness
 
Adopting the Cloud without modernizing is like going to a tropical island in your winter coat, with no swimsuit and while you are “on the wagon.” Sure you are in a great place that will make all of your friends jealous, but you are not really enjoying it to the fullest extent possible. In fact you are sweating your butt off and dying for a margarita. The polar freeze back home actually is looking good to you in your heavy down jacket.
 
Similarly, to get the most benefit from moving existing applications to the Cloud, modernization is a key requirement. When migrating to the Cloud, separating the application and moving it into a modern environment that is standardized and designed for low-cost operation at scale is a must.
 
Move apps not machines to the cloud.
 
Don’t use those antiquated machine migration tools to migrate old operating systems and data center-centric infrastructure to the Cloud. When you migrate to an island leave the winter attire behind -- it does not belong there.
 
"I am always looking for a way to communicate better and cut to the heart of any discussion. So, if you have thoughts on this subject drop me a line at GregO {@} Appzero {dot} com or tweet me at @gregoryjoconnor."

Cloud Pulse: Wherever You Go, There You Are

By - Greg O'Connor

There are people who take life slowly, accept it on its terms, meditate, read about meditation, and internalize books like "Wherever You Go, There You Are," a bestseller by a guy with a hyphenated name. I'm more of a Malcolm Gladwell fan -- Outliers or his newest book “David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants."  

Maybe I'm just naturally the type that will spend 10,000 hours practicing, sharpening, mastering, thinking about the advantages a startup has over leaders in the market, getting back in the game. I've been in enterprise software for 30 years and the cloud since its formation. A long time ago, I faced the fact that I don’t have the basketball gene (although I do coach several boys’ sports teams) and I'm pretty sure meditating will not increase my productivity as a start-up CEO. I could be wrong on the meditating part.  

Recently, I was in Las Vegas at IBM's Pulse cloud conference. There were some great presentations and a lot of good conversations about transforming computing and easing the ever-evolving job of the CIO and her IT organization. In cloud computing, we've actually come quite far. Where only a short time ago, our industry was focused on how to help IT combat a loss of control in the cloud, now we see more and more smart CIOs embracing shadow IT, enabling their users to make use of cloud self services and admitting that, perhaps, deploying safe and effective clouds and hybrids is not just a dream. 

IBM Pulse 2014

The big news at Pulse was that IBM is making a $1B investment in helping customers connect their software investments to clouds and cloud-enabling new businesses; and in the process, creating huge opportunity for developers.

Those of us who are in the cloud game to win it are excited to see even more capital pouring into the cloud market. There's extraordinary opportunity for companies that can help connect enterprise applications to the cloud, especially those focused on how to bridge new cloud and legacy environments and how to be the best at what they do. The IBM strategy is clear: enable enterprises for the cloud, integrate across enterprise environments, and provide an open ecosystem platform for development. The timing could not be better. Today's cloud is much more scalable than ever, considerably more secure, more service-oriented and better able to handle modern IT requirements.  

Yet, as I think about the opportunities for cloud developers to leverage these fast-emerging opportunities, I return to some of Gladwell's core themes and how seizing on opportunity means hard work plus an approach that is fundamentally different than the giant in the market.

When we started AppZero we wanted to do something completely different by migrating just the server applications rather than the whole machine.  This initially turned out to be particularly good when moving server apps to the cloud because you can modernize your underlying infrastructure but keep your apps and data. Now comes Microsoft's end of support for Windows Server 2003 and it looks like another market driver is working in favor of cloud developers who can help solve thorny problems like “up-level” OS and cloud migration.

AppZero Collaborates with Microsoft

For sure, the cloud is maturing from a development sandbox to its promise of being able to run everything all the time in the cloud. Migrating existing systems to the cloud is a 20 year shift that is just getting started. That's our strategy and we're sticking to it.

No matter where you go, being irreplaceable to customers by being the best at what you do is, in the cloud and everywhere, always a good strategy for success. In any case, that is what I'm thinking about. Or meditating on. What about you, what do you think are the best opportunities for cloud developers? What's your strategy?

“I am always looking for a way to communicate better and cut to the heart of any discussion. So, if you have thoughts on this subject drop me a line at GregO {@} Appzero {dot} com or tweet me at @gregoryjoconnor.”

2014 Cloud Computing Predictions Round-Up – Part 2

 
As promised in our earlier post, here are the final predictions we saw making the rounds in the blogosphere at the start of the year.
 
3 [More] Cloud Predictions of 2014:
  1. Cloud computing will become mainstream.
  2. Bring-your-own-encryption will dominate the security discussion in 2014
  3. Microsoft and Google get serious about the cloud
2014 Cloud Predictions by AppZero
 
“We’ll continue to call it “cloud” for some time to come,” says Joe McKendrick in Forbes, “and vendors will continue to pitch it as “cloud,” but it’s now the mainstream. We’ve seen this before. In the early 1990s, there was client/server computing, in which PCs were provided access to larger back-end systems. Then, it was Internet computing, in which applications and data were exposed through websites. We still have mobile computing, but the act of using smartphones to access back-end applications and data is simply being thought of as computing as well.”
 
“One of the top trending inquiry topics hitting our cloud and security analysts lately are about cloud encryption solutions for AWS and Salesforce.com,” says Forrester’s James Staten over on ZDNet.  Others agree, explaining why “Cloud Security” predictions abound. Staten goes on to say that “Cloud security will be much more centralized and automated.  If you're resisting the cloud because of security concerns, you're running out of excuses. The leading public cloud providers have made strong gains in security and compliance, and there are few workloads completely off-limits for public cloud anymore.”
 
Many are predicting that Microsoft will get more serious about the cloud. Amazon dominated the cloud news in 2013, but 2014 will be a good year for Microsoft and Google, said Dan Sullivan on Search Cloud Computing.  “Microsoft is paving the way for hybrid clouds with Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Azure Pack.  By the end of 2014, we should have a better understanding of good practices for managing workloads across hybrid Azure clouds. 
 
Bernard Golden on CIO echoes the sentiment. “In a way, AWS has had a free ride to this point. Most of its competition has come from the hosting world, and, as noted, is unable to take a software approach to the domain. The inevitable result: AWS has improved, and grown, much more rapidly than other CSPs. That unopposed free run will end in 2014. Both Google and Microsoft have AWS in their crosshairs and are rolling out serious competitive offerings, designed for an all-out battle royale.”
 
Finally, be sure to check out AppZero CEO Greg O’Connor’s predictions about “Legacy Modernization” as a priority in 2014, “Executive Viewpoint 2014 Prediction: AppZero Ranks Modernization as Top Priority for any Enterprise IT Department.” With 10+million Windows Servers running WS2003, which reaches end of support next year, enterprises need a plan to move their WS 2003 production applications onto a newer platform or accept the risks of running on an unsupported OS.

Windows XP Countdown Foreshadows End of Support for Windows Server 2003

“Meanwhile, in Windows XP land, the countdown continues with the April deadline looming” said Jessica Davis in a recent article in MSPmentor.  “Reports say that the XP installed base has dipped below 30 percent for the first time, while comments on this same story speculate that the numbers are much higher still. Meanwhile, if you have customers with XP machines still in place, you need to be worrying how you will secure those after the deadline. Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows XP is sharing the same dead date with the OS it supports, according to this report.

Industry watchers are very interested in seeing what happens to those vulnerable desktops after April.  Will a storm of viruses be unleashed?  Let’s hope not, but we’ll have to wait to find out.  What does happen next will provide insight into the predicament that customers running Windows Server 2003 will face next summer when it reaches the end of support in July. 

We are hearing from some AppZero customers that the required custom support agreements needed in order to purchase extended support for WS2003 are very costly. (Pricing for extended support for will be communicated to customers by Microsoft this summer.) That’s just one of the reasons why forward-looking enterprises are taking this opportunity to conduct an app inventory.  As you take a closer look at all of the applications running in the enterprise, different decisions can be made.

For example, the end of support may be the right time to retire some legacy apps.  As the rest of the applications are migrated off of WS2003, perhaps some are well suited to move to the cloud, while you prefer to keep other on-premises.  Below are just some of the details you should gather as you begin your app inventory:

  • Application Name
  • Application Version
  • Application Vendor Support available?
  • Is the System backed?
  • Application Owner/Sys Admin                                
  • Migration Window
  • Service Level Agreements?
  • Business value and
  • Has the application migration or OS modification been tried before
  • System Type (Physical or Virtual)
  • OS Source and Target
  • Physical Source and Target (Datacenter, Rack, Location)
  • Known external software level dependencies
  • Known external hardware level dependencies
  • Application Components/Services

If you would like assistance in conducting an application assessment or inventory to better inform your application migration planning feel free to contact AppZero.  Keep in mind, the countdown to WS2003 end of support has begun.  

2014 Cloud Computing Predictions Round-Up – Part 1

By - Adine Deford

As 2013 ended and 2014 began, the cloud prognosticators came out in true form, including AppZero CEO Greg O’Connor.  Here are some of the more interesting predictions and surprising areas of agreement.

5 Cloud Predictions of 2014

  1. Hybrid Cloud will dominate. 
  2. Cloud security will ramp and organizations will bring their own security to the public cloud.
  3. Datacenters will be consolidated.
  4. 2014 is the year of PaaS.
  5. Lots of money will be spent on cloud computing!

Hybrid Cloud is the way to go according to Business Today :  “This year’s catchwords will be “hybrid cloud,” or the combination of both private and public cloud services. Analyst house Gartner released a report revealing that half of major enterprises will deploy hybrid cloud solutions by 2017.

Security concerns will drive encryption everywhere, says Richard Seroter, head of cloud product management, CenturyLink Cloud, in the Business Cloud News Prediction Roundup.

Data center consolidation will become the new driver for private cloud computing to enable even greater efficiencies and cost savings, ranked number nine on the list by Business News Daily.

According to Eric Knorr in Infoworld, enterprise developers will turn toward to PaaS, as more enterprises debut their own fancy Web and mobile apps, enterprise developers will see the benefits of such PaaS plays as Microsoft Azure, Pivotal Cloud Foundry, Red Hat OpenShift, or SalesForce Heroku.

Sizing the market is always a favorite sport of industry watchers.  According to IDC’s Predictions, cloud spending, including cloud services and the technology to enable these services will surge by 25% in 2014, reaching over $100B.

Bonus Prediction:  In an “Executive Viewpoint” in Virtual Strategy Magazine. AppZero CEO Greg O’Connor cites “Legacy Modernization” as a priority in 2014. With 10+million Windows Servers running WS2003, which reaches end of support next year, enterprises need a plan to move their WS 2003 production applications onto a newer platform over the next 18 months or accept the risks of running on an unsupported platform.

Windows Server 2003 End of Support: an opportunity to move to the cloud

 
On July 14, 2015 Windows Server (WS) 2003 will reach the end of extended support. This means no more patches or security fixes without a custom support agreement in place. The security and uptime implications of your applications are about to be refactored in a dramatic way. Many compliance requirements, especially in regulated industries, state that applications have to run on a supported Operating System (OS).
 
On the surface, date-driven deadlines mandating remediation can be viewed in two very different lights. The first: A glass half empty, a tax that must be paid to continue business as usual. The other: A glass half full, an opportunity to change out old systems and reinvent the business on an agile platform that provides a competitive advantage. The question: How do you deal with the inevitable?
 
To learn about your options, view our on demand webinar with Microsoft and AppZero on Wednesday, December 11 at 11:00 am (EST).  (The webcast will be recorded for those in other time zones.)

Windows Server 2003 End of Life is Coming Are You Ready? [Survey]

By Adine Deford

In case you haven’t heard, Microsoft has announced that the end of life (EOL) for Windows Server 2003 is July 14, 2015.  Let me repeat that: as of July 14, 2015 you can no longer get Extended Support for WS 2003; #WS2003EOL. 

If you’re wondering what this means for you, it comes down to this – there will be no patches or security updates, putting your applications and business at risk. New threats won't be addressed and your WS2003 systems will become a security risk and compliance nightmare.  In a recent blog post, Microsoft warns us to “watch out for performance bottlenecks,” but that’s the least of the worry.

Do you have a plan in place to protect yourself (i.e., your job?)  We, at AppZero have been asking this question all year to IT folks in the fortune 1,000 via an ongoing industry survey.  You can participate in the WS2003 EOL survey here and find out what steps your peers are taking to minimize their risk.

Industry experts estimate that there are more than 10 million machines still running WS2003 that are soon-to-be stranded.  Especially for those in regulated industries, this will cause a heavy compliance burden. Sys-admin Trevor Pott wrote recently in The Register, “To run a secure IT infrastructure – and increasingly to meet the legal and regulatory requirements of many jurisdictions – you will have to pour resources into monitoring and shielding any servers running Server 2003. You will also have to work on separating the data and applications from the operating system so that you can nuke the server back to “known good” when the system falls to the inevitable.”

The choice you make in remediating this threat can affect your datacenter strategy for the foreseeable future, so it’s worth reviewing all of the possible upgrade options. Traditional methods of modernizing applications -- reinstalling, upgrading the machine or rebuilding -- are orders of magnitude more complex, expensive and time consuming than the newer approach of migrating applications onto a new OS. P2C and V2V tools for migrating machines add no value when it comes to modernizing the OS infrastructure.

AppZero’s “up level” app migration tool quickly and easily moves your applications from old, bare metal machines that run outdated versions of the Windows OS onto a cloud or dedicated hosting environment that runs Windows Server 2008 (R2) or Windows 2012.

Take the WS2003 EOL survey to help assess your readiness for this game-changing event.  All participants will receive the full research report when it is available later this year.  The results will allow you to benchmark your readiness for #WS2003EOL against your peers and help clarify the steps you need to take to protect yourself.  Of course, if that leads you to consider AppZero application migration, we invite you to contact us at info @appzero.com to learn more.

Watch a video here of an AppZero migration of 32-bit applications to Azure. Microsoft recommends AppZero for moving a variety of applications from Windows Server 2003 to Microsoft’s newer operating systems.

The "invisible hand" accelerating cloud adoption

By - Greg O'Connor

As the cloud computing market continues to mature, explaining the platform shift gets easier and more succinct. There are a wide variety of benefits to this next wave of computing, each resonating in shape, tone and strength depending on the listener’s role in an organization.

C-level and financial people like the economic drivers of the cloud. Limiting capital investment by converting CAPEX to OPEX; paying for what the business needs with scalable, success-based pricing; and enabling efficient use of limited internal resources. These are a few of the benefits that strike a chord with this part of the organization.
The innovation and revenue enhancement people will argue that the true benefit of the cloud lies in its flexibility and agility. The ability to realize faster time to market for new products and/or services; having the ability to change [cloud] providers with much less friction often translates into a competitive advantage. The only constant is change and the faster a company can react, the better.

​Developers find empowerment in being able to instantaneously provision machines and see their creation come to life with the push of a button. Being unencumbered by what is now the "old school" process of ordering a machine and waiting, preparing the machine and waiting, then, finally receiving the approval notice. Freedom from that vicious cycle creates a sense of liberation. History has shown us that freedom is a powerful motivator when it comes to action.

Not wanting to be left behind, IT has also jumped into the game. There’s a potpourri of reasons, many of which have already been described, that have IT adopting the cloud. The term “shadow IT” has emerged to describe the group who has thrown caution to the wind and turned to the cloud for a faster, better way and no waiting for approval. I am sure many of these people would view their situation similarly to the freedom fighters of the American Revolution! In economics, the invisible hand of the market is a metaphor conceived by Adam Smith to describe the self-regulating behavior of the marketplace.

The following excerpt from Wikipedia provides some historical color:

The theory states that if each consumer is allowed to choose freely what to buy and each producer is allowed to choose freely what to sell and how to produce it, the market will settle on a product distribution and price that are beneficial to all the individual members of a community, and hence to the community as a whole. The reason for this is that self-interest drives actors to beneficial behavior in a case of serendipity. Efficient methods of production are adopted to maximize profits. Low prices are charged to maximize revenue through gain in market share by undercutting competitors. Investors invest in those industries most urgently needed to maximize returns, and withdraw capital from those less efficient in creating value. All these effects take place dynamically and automatically.

There is not a single driver, but many drivers that are causing organizations to utilize the cloud. It is not an "or" argument, but an "and" argument ("or" makes you choose, "and" is better). Underneath the surface the invisible hand of self-interest unites the movement and accelerates the transition.

Recently at Cloud Expo in New York, I sat on a panel with Bruce Otte from IBM, Lisa Larson from Rackspace and Kevin Brown from Coraid, and the conversation turned to how computing has evolved from the mainframe to the mini to the client server to the internet to the cloud. You can see a video of that conversation here: The Fifth Wave: How Are Cloud Computing & Big Data Transforming IT?

With the C-suite, innovators, developers and IT all pushing for the cloud, albeit for different reasons, there is no doubt that cloud computing is the next or fifth wave. On the AppZero front, we are focused on making the movement to and from the cloud as fast, flexible and easy as possible. Our angle is agility -- enabling efficient methods of production to be adopted with little friction to maximize profits. You can see a one-minute video overview of AppZero here.

I am always looking for ways to communicate better and cut to the heart of any discussion. So, if you have thoughts on this subject drop me a line at GregO {@} Appzero {dot} com or tweet me at @gregoryjoconnor.

Is Windows Server 2003 EOL a mini Y2K event for the enterprise?

By - Greg O'Connor

There are things in life that are just painful -- Doing dishes, paying taxes, going to the dentist, and upgrading software. One of the most painful IT lifecycle events is upgrading from an older version of an operating system (OS) to a newer one. In fact, there are 10s of millions of servers still running Windows Server 2003, hosting applications that run important functions. The problem is that Window Server 2003 is about to lose support from Microsoft (end of life (EOL)) leaving many with a really difficult choice. Upgrade or face escalating risk of security holes being exploited without any patches or support. Holy strawberries Batman, we’re in a jam.

This is a case of bare metal turning to rust. The virtual support rug is being pulled out from underneath the data center. A mini Y2K event for applications stranded on those old, obsolete servers. The challenge is clear. EOL means no more patches and security vulnerabilities increase on a daily basis. For those wishing to keep their machines running, this is a situation that requires action.

Many will dream of jumping from the really old straight to the really new -- the cloud. Nothing like being an IT hero aligning with the business to show how 10 years of inaction was the right choice. If only they knew what applications were running on those rusting, slow, power-hungry physical boxes? Why do applications never die but operating systems have a life span shorter then Twinkies? (Did you know a Twinkie can survive for 47 years if left unopened in a dark cool place, yet only 35 years if opened?  And, hats off to the Pabst Brewing Company for rescuing Twinkies from obliteration!)

Getting back to WS2003 EOL, let’s review our options:

  1. Do nothing

  2. Rewrite the applications

  3. Reinstall the application, reconfigure and migrate the data

  4. Upgrade: Install Windows and keep files, settings and applications
    ​Migrate the application to a new OS


There are no other options except possibly to change companies to one that is only a few years old.

Let’s dig into these high-level options and see how viable there are.

$$$$$ Do Nothing – The “close your eyes, cross your fingers, do nothing” approach is about to blow up. Unfortunately the stay and pray option often gets chosen. 

$$$$   Rewrite – Way too much money, too long to deliver and you have no idea if most of these apps are in enough detail to create good requirements.

$$      Reinstall the application -- then reconfigure and migrate the data. This is a great idea, but odds are that some of the install media and code is missing, and exactly what is currently running and installed is not quite clear. Migrating data and configurations is not easy for these aging bits.

$$$     Upgrade OS – install Windows 2008(R2) and try to keep files, settings and applications unchanged. Something that looks promising on the surface but isn’t viable once you dig deeper. The challenge is the methodology to upgrade the machines, which basically says: “Uninstall critical apps, upgrade the OS and then reinstall the apps.”This is really option #3, plus more. In our last blog Windows Server 2003 EOL #WS2003eol – what you need to know now we challenged people who have done this to connect with us and let us know how it went… Not one response yet.

$       Migrate the application(s) to a new OS –  With AppZero, apps can be migrated to new machines over lunch, to a new OS. Simple, fast, no code changes and leave the old systems behind. Application migration can even move old 32-bit apps to 64-bit OS such as WS2012. If you’re moving to WS2012, you can get there in one step – no need to first upgrade to WS2008.  You can see a demo of Migrating SQL Server from Windows 2000 to Windows 2012 in minutes here.

Try AppZero, you’ll like it as much as a deep-fried Twinkie!



I am always looking for a way to communicate better and cut to the heart of any discussion. So, if you have thoughts on this subject drop me a line at GregO {@} Appzero {dot} com or tweet me at @gregoryjoconnor. Remember to use hashtag #WS2003eol.

Windows Server 2003 EOL #WS2003eol – what you need to know now

By - Greg O'Connor

IT departments hate end of life of products and the resulting headaches. End of life for a product means the support lifeline disappears, security updates stop and IT is left stranded with the compliance team breathing down their neck. Upgrade projects are not a fun sell to the business. “Hey, Ms./Mr. Business, let’s invest a bunch of money and time to get the same place you were before”… Gee, let’s get out the drill bit and do a root canal while we’re at it.

For the Windows 2003 Server family you should know the following:

  • On July 13, 2010 Mainstream Support for Windows Server 2003 family ended.
  • On July 14, 2015 Extended Support for Windows Server 2003 family will end.

**Microsoft’s product support lifecycle information can be found here

If you dive into the details of Mainstream Support and Extended Support you will see that you get nothing once Extended Support ends. Nothing, nada, zilch – you are on your own. No more paid support, no security updates, no product-specific information available in the online Microsoft knowledge base or support site to find answers to technical questions. Check here for the official Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy FAQ.

At this phase in a product’s lifecycle, the software company is putting a gun to your head and saying upgrade or die.

No one is going to argue (at least not strongly) in favor of running business applications on an operating system that does not get security updates. Compliance teams will see this as a huge risk and will move heaven and earth to remediate it. In the next 12 months many IT departments around the world will be assembling WS2003 EOL SWAT teams to address this challenge. This will be like a mini Y2K forcing function for most enterprise IT departments.

Recently, we at AppZero were helping an enterprise division evaluate moving to the cloud with one of our SI partners, and the following picture of their regional data center emerged. The population of machines in the data center was slightly over 80% Windows Server and only detailed for Windows population of machines as outlined below:

Percent

Count

 

Description

10%

22

 

2008 Standard edition

9%

21

 

2008 (R2) Standard edition

2%

5

 

2008 (R2 Enterprise edition

61%

140

 

2003 Standard edition

15%

35

 

2003 Enterprise addition x64

2%

5

 

Windows 2000

100%

228

 

Total

It should be noted that this is a division of a Fortune 500 company that has been in business for well over 70 years. Obviously if you work at a company that was founded in the last 10 years you don’t have a machine population anything like this.

The data shows that more than 75% of machines were running on operating systems that are 10 years old or older. These products have outdated diagnostics and management features, and without access to patches are a growing risk. The desire to transform the data center (i.e. move to some type of cloud) and modernize (i.e. dump old environments and run on newer ones) became very clear.

And that’s where AppZero comes in. We can move applications to the cloud and move to a new version of an OS at the same time, and fast.  You can see AppZero in action modernizing enterprise applications in this short video: Migrating SQL Server from Windows 2000 to Windows 2012 in minutes

 

Here are some key questions for your organization to consider as Windows Server 2003 approaches end of life:

  • How many machines in your operations are running Windows 2003?
  • Do you have a plan to remediate the risk of WS2003 EOL?
  • How are you going to upgrade or move to a more modern operating environment?
  • Does moving to the cloud solve this soon-to-be compliance problem?

In the next blog post we will detail options and challenges in upgrading an operating system. Also we’llprovide insight to why Windows Server upgrade occurrences are less likely than being struck by lightning. Anyone who has upgraded more than 1 production Windows Server machine in the past 6 months please connect with me via email or tweet about it using hashtag #WS2003eol.

I am always looking for a way to communicate better and cut to the heart of any discussion. So, if you have thoughts on this subject drop me a line at GregO {@} Appzero {dot} com or tweet me at @gregoryjoconnor. Remember to use hashtag #WS2003eol.

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