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“up level” app migration tool quickly and easily moves your applications from old, bare metal machines that run outdated versions of the Windows OS onto a cloud or dedicated hosting environment that runs Windows Server 2008 (R2) or Windows 2012.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

About Adine Deford

Adine Deford is the CMO at AppZero and has a deep understanding of the power of “trigger events” in launching disruptive technologies. She predicts that the end of life for Windows Server 2003 will be the event that puts application migration, particularly cloud migration on the map. You can follow her on Twitter at @AdineDeford.