Several Microsoft products will reach their end of life on January 13th 2020:
- Windows Server 2008 & 2008 R2
- Windows Small Business Server 2008 & 2011
- Windows 7
Additionally, SQL Server 2008 reached the end of support on 7th July 2019.
What does this mean for your business?
No free security updates on-premises
No non-security updates
No free support options
No online technical content update
If your business chooses to run unsupported systems past the end-of-life deadline, it’s possible you’ll be in breach of the General Data Protections Regulation (GDPR), exposing your business to potential fines.
Additionally, it’s important to note if you choose to take no action, your systems will become more vulnerable to security risks. Windows will operate but you will stop receiving security and feature updates.
Running your business on outdated server platforms can also restrict your ability to grow, as innovative software solutions become incompatible.
“There may be some circumstances where organisations could be held liable for a breach of security that relates to measures, such as patches, that should have been taken previously.
“Failure to patch known vulnerabilities is a factor that the ICO takes into account when determining whether a breach of the seventh principle of the Data Protection Act is serious enough to warrant a civil monetary penalty.”
Why should you move away from Windows end of life products?
Security risks of running unsupported systems
Microsoft will no longer release critical security patches for your unsupported system, meaning it’ll be more vulnerable to cyber-attacks
Non-compliance with legal regulations
Legislations like GDPR and ISO require businesses to appropriately secure their data; operating on an unsupported system will be classed as wilful negligence
Working on outdated operating systems or servers can create compatibility, speed and functionality issues which will impact your efficiency
Increased maintenance costs
As your solution gets older, clunkier and less secure, it’ll cost more money to run, maintain and fix. Modern solutions offer flexible payment options
“Staying on end of life software is a big risk to business. The main issue is the lack of Microsoft security updates going beyond the end of service date. This risks exposure to the latest emerging threats and could mean hefty fines if you suffer a data breach as a result. In addition to this compatibility and performance become the other main drivers for businesses to upgrade and all should consider the update as critical and not just optional”
- Paul Burns, Chief Technology Officer, TSG
What are your options?
There are a number of options available to your organisation depending on your business requirements, budgets and strategic goals:
Migrate to the Azure public cloud
Microsoft is offering a number of incentives to businesses who look to migrate their workloads to its industry-leading cloud solution
Migrate to the private cloud
For some businesses, the private cloud is a better option. We can help you migrate your workloads to Pulsant’s private datacentres
Utilise a hybrid cloud solution
Migrating your entire infrastructure to the cloud might not be the right solution, right now. We’ll help you blend public and private cloud services with on-premise to suit your business’ unique needs
Move to a modern, on-premise server
Microsoft’s Server 2016-2019 solutions are a modern, powerful updated version of your current on-premise server