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Are you putting your business at risk?

A big change is coming with the end-of-life of a number of Microsoft solutions. If you choose to remain on unsupported hardware, you'll be more vulnerable to cyberthreats

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Running your business on outdated server platforms can also restrict your ability to grow, as innovative software solutions become incompatible.

Your business’ infrastructure should be secure, modern, flexible and scalable to ensure it works for your organisation and not against it.

“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.”

- Nigel Houlden, Head of Technology Policy, Information Commissioner’s Office

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

  • Decreased productivity

    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

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