In January 2020, the end of an era will arrive; the valued Microsoft 2008 Server will reach the end of its service life. If you have yet to make the necessary upgrades and changes, it is definitely time to get started. Now that the clock is winding down, it is more important than ever to make the necessary changes to keep your operating system as secure as possible.
According to Spade Technology, the official Microsoft Server 2008 service end is January 14th, 2020. Service will end for the server altogether, and this unsupported technology can leave your system wide-open for potential risks if changes are not made as soon as possible. This service end will mean the end of all three of the Windows Server 2008 R2, including Datacenter, Standard, and Enterprise.
Those who are so reliant on Microsoft Server 2008 will have the opportunity to work directly with Microsoft and pay a premium for extended service, but it is far better to go ahead and get ready for the change. Here’s a look at how to prepare.
Upgrade to a Modern Version of Windows Server/SQL Server
If you prefer to stick with an on-premise server, there are newer versions available from Windows that have a lot of those desirable features that you loved about Server 2008. For example, Windows Server 2012 is still going strong and support for the server is still very much alive and well. Of course, if you do opt for an on-premise server, it still means the 2008 server has to be eradicated first, so all of your data will have to be backed up properly and preserved to reinstall with the new server.
Migrate Over to Using Microsoft Azure
Microsoft is not just leaving their trusting users in the dark without options. They have developed Microsoft Azure, which is also referred to as Windows Azure, as a modern-day alternative to the traditional servers that are rapidly coming to the end of their life. Microsoft Azure is a cloud-computing service, which offers a long list of user advantages, especially for business, such as:
- Access to important security updates to protect your system and network
- Access to many modern features such as cloud data storage
- Access to several years of system service and support
- Access to modernly effective app management programs
- Access to compliance software for certain types of businesses
The benefits of Azure have been hailed as business-centered, which means the program was designed with business operations in mind. Plus, the reliance on the public cloud instead of in-house servers helps to relieve stress on overburdened in-house servers that a lot of businesses have.
Reach Out to an IT Managed Services Provider for Help
It is never easy to face a drastic loss of familiar technology, especially when you rely on that technology for everyday workflow. But it is normal and sometimes necessary of relying on technology to operate your business. If you are really struggling to make the necessary changes as Microsoft Server 2008 ends, it is a good idea to work with a managed IT services provider. These tech pros can help you upgrade what you need to and migrate data so nothing is lost.