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Still on Windows Server 2003? Time to Migrate Before Performance Drops & Hackers Make You Their Main Target!

By:Christine Fettinger

It’s evident that corporate data growth is amongst us. This situation is all too familiar when it comes to an outdated Windows 2003 Server.

When compared to today’s standards, your mobile device could very well exceed the original Windows Server 2003’s minimum hardware requirements!

This is routine in the IT industry and inevitable that it’ll happen. Fortunately, it allows businesses like yours to perform routine house cleaning. Employees now expect mobile connectivity for their applications. The only decision that makes sense is an on-premise solution or the cloud.

NumotoMicrosoft’s Takeshi Numoto – Corporate Vice President of Cloud and Enterprise Marketing explained,

“Windows Server 2003 instances will, of course, continue to run after end of support. However, running unsupported software carries significant security risks and may result in costly compliance violations. As you evaluate security risks, keep in mind that even a single unpatched server can be a point of vulnerability for your entire infrastructure.”

Another great example Numoto pointed out for those who are in the healthcare industry,

Important financial healthcare regulations also include provisions around security: US PCI DSS section 6.1 states that all organizations must ‘ensure that all system components and software are protected from known vulnerabilities by having the latest vendor supplied security patches installed.’ “

Since 2003, technology has dramatically evolved. This is a great opportunity to inquire about Microsoft Azure, Windows Server 2012 R2, and even Office 365. Here are some migration options:

  • Consolidate your physical servers or paid virtualization platforms to Hyper-V to save money.
  • Migrate from Exchange to Office 365 to get the latest innovations and reduce management burdens.
  • Upgrade from SQL Server 2005 to SQL Server 2014 for a dramatic increase in performance.
  • Migrate from Web Applications to Microsoft Azure.
  • Update custom or line of business applications to support the needs for mobile devices.

What’s next? It’s time to embrace the cloud for greater flexibility and cost savings! Call CyberStreams at (425) 2_74-1121 or send us an email: We’ll help you realize the power of the cloud.