What we did and 2 options we recommend
When we weighed the pros and cons we opted to update all our Windows 2003 servers. Since this is a service we provide at scale (oneServer) it only made sense that the headaches of not updating would also be at scale. Here are two options that we recommend when considering Windows Server 2003’s imminent end of life.
Option 1: Update Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 R2
This option is a good one if you have the capital for the update and the IT professionals that you can spare for the project. But, what if you don’t? Or maybe your do but you’d rather spend your capital and expertise on growing your business? Freeing up capital and your IT professionals can be tricky at best.
Option 2: Take a serious look at cloud alternatives
Most of our customers were like you. They had local servers and all the expenses and headaches that came with them. What got many of them seriously considering the cloud was when their business was going through a transition like moving locations, expanding offices or adding a large number of employees. In each of these transitions a key challenge they faced was how to handle the data and application migration.
Did they have the expertise they needed? Did their IT staff have the time? What would it mean if the migration was delayed or failed?
These are important questions that not only our customers had, but are also the same ones facing Windows Server 2003 admins today. Our customers found that cloud services alleviated the upfront capital costs and reduced the impact to IT resources that a server upgrade causes. Also knowing that NIRIX has been leading other businesses through complex data migrations, reassured them that their data would survive.