A lot of businesses may still be involved in Windows Server 2003 end of life that came about 1 year ago, but have businesses started to plan for Windows Server 2008 R2 End of Life?
It may be almost 4 years away, but the technology demands of the modern workplace mean that business tech moves at an alarmingly fast rate, and business owners everywhere need to be on the ball.
Windows Server 2008 R2 is the most popular operating system currently in use today, and with mainstream support already ceased as of January 2015, it is only 3 and a half years until 14th January 2020 when Microsoft will be officially ending its support for Windows Server 2008 R2.
Why do I need to upgrade before end of life?
When a server product reaches its end of life, it means that it is no longer supported at all by Microsoft, and no new features or fixes are released for it. This lack of support leaves the operating system vulnerable and exposed to security threats, and ultimately means that your business will be put at risk. On top of the security risks associated, you will also miss out on new features that are available in the more modern versions of the operating system, which could be hindering the efficiency or performance of your business.
Without support, you could also be subject to non-compliance. If your business is required to have independent audits, an out-of-date server product can mean that you will not pass, and it may even influence which businesses will do business with you, for example, if you accept credit cards, lack of PCI compliance may mean that MasterCard/Visa will not work with you.
Windows Server 2012 R2 is considered a good product, but to increase longevity, it may be worth waiting for Windows Server 2016 R2 to be released (anticipated around September this year). It’s always worth speaking to your IT company or in house team to decide the best migration strategy now and be fully prepared for when end of life comes around.