Why change now?
While reluctance to disrupt a smooth-running system is understandable, IT departments are facing an important cut-off date. Extended Support, the last phase of Microsoft OS support for Windows Server 2003, is scheduled to end in July 2015. This means no more fixes, no more support calls, nothing. If hackers find a new vulnerability, it will not be fixed.
Microsoft estimates that Windows Server 2003 comprises approximately 80 percent of its server OS install base; so a large number of businesses will have to make an important strategic decision soon.
The good news is that with Hyper-V enabled in Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2003 can run in a virtual environment. So even if you don’t get your business-critical applications migrated to run on Windows Server 2012, they will still be able to run in a secure, virtual environment that is isolated from the rest of the system and protected with the advanced failover protection featured in Windows Server 2012.
Moreover, the march toward cloud computing continues to accelerate. Those who do not “adapt and adopt” run the risk of being left behind, technologically and competitively. In an era where technology is expected to drive profitability, you need the versatility, availability and scale that cloud computing promises.
There are several points to keep in mind with a cloud deployment. Also, find out how the newest Microsoft operating system and the latest generation of Dell PowerEdge servers can help you succeed in the future with greater productivity and lower costs in this whitepaper: