Windows Server 2003 End of Support is here and there is little most enterprises can do at this point to change the fact that they are now dependent on an unsupported operating system. Here we are at Microsoft's World Wide Partner Conference again, muttering "I'm late, I'm late," just like the herald-like white rabbit of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, (We have a cool White Rabbit twitter campaign going this week - check it out) except that we cannot manipulate time.
Meet Scott Slater, Senior Solutions Architect at AppZero. Scott has been one busy guy since joining AppZero in 2013. With Windows Server 2003 end of extended support looming on July 14, 2015, he’s been rolling up his sleeves and guiding organizations faced with moving applications from legacy Windows servers, often under less-than-ideal conditions.
It's spring in the Northeast, and this week we're launching a new blog post series, "Everything You Want to Know about Windows Server 2003 Migration." Even as summer and EOS is just months away, our "State of Readiness for Windows Server 2003 End of Support" survey reveals the shocking truth: most of you haven't done anything about remediation yet, and most will not complete your upgrades before the deadline.
The clock is ticking: the End of Support for Windows Server 2003, #WS2003EOS, arrives this July, as in four months from now. This means there will be no more patches or security updates and your applications and business will be at risk. New threats won't be addressed and WS2003 systems will be a security risk and compliance nightmare. Especially for those in heavily regulated industries -- pharmaceuticals, banking/finance and insurance, as well as any company that processes credit card transactions -- this will cause a heavy compliance burden and could put you at risk of accruing penalties and fines.
The market transition from education and evaluation to remediation is marching along as the End of Support (EOS) nears for Windows Server 2003. The market has moved from being unaware of the challenge that EOS would pose for most IT organizations at the beginning of 2014 to POCs, trials, and evaluating how to get help with these projects by the end of 2014. You can get a sense of how the market has moved by reading the 2014 Windows Server 2003 End of Support Survey Results.
At AppZero we spend much of our days advising our customers on how to remediate their risk of running Windows Server 2003 servers after it reaches the end of extended support this summer. To help, we have compiled some of our best thinking into a whitepaper to help you plan your migration project. The whitepaper was just released and is available here.
To give you an idea of what you will learn by reading the paper, we have excerpted the introduction:
Most IT administrators are painfully aware that Windows Server 2003 will reach the end of extended support in July 2015. This is a big deal because Windows Server 2003 has been a monster success since it was released 11 years ago.