It’s nearly time to say goodbye to old friends. Windows Server 2008 (R2 editions)—the long-running, popular Microsoft standby—goes End of Life (EOL) on January 14, 2020. At that time, extended Microsoft support officially stops. Support for SQL Server 2008 ends a half-year sooner—on July 9, 2019.
It’s unfortunate software is born with a shelf life and can’t live forever. We just went through this when Windows Server 2003 went EOL. And, like then, it’s time your organization formulates a strategy for your migration and ensures your infrastructure stays secure, your business remains protected, and you continue to innovate and grow.
Working with a trusted technology partner, you can implement reliable ways today to ensure your business data is not vulnerable later.
EOL Software Renders Your System Vulnerable
While EOL products don’t stop working immediately, Microsoft no longer supports them. That means, if anything breaks, there’s no fix.
The biggest risk of continuing use of EOL software products is they won’t receive patches or security updates. This leaves your organization vulnerable to cyberattacks. With more than 4 billion records stolen every year by hackers, that leads to a potential data loss. It’s practically impossible to prevent cyberattacks if your product contains security vulnerabilities, which cannot be fixed.
What other risks threaten your business data as the EOL deadline nears?
- Customer loss. Many of your customers won’t work with you when you operate with systems not up to date. Because of a security breach, you lose other customers. According to a Microsoft study, 20 percent of companies lose customers due to security attacks and 30 percent lose revenue as a direct result.
- Reputation. If a data loss occurs, your organization is accountable to shareholders, investors, customers, the public and, possibly, the courts. Confessing you didn’t keep your systems updated can ruin your reputation.
- Compliance. Your organization can violate compliance requirements if you don’t plan for complete and uninterrupted security support.
Remember, hackers exist to prey on business vulnerabilities. And, you spend time and money on increasing security awareness and implementing security technology. So, don’t take unnecessary risks with your software by neglecting a migration.
Finally, know new applications are optimized for current operating systems. So, when using EOL operating systems, your organization can’t upgrade to advanced software. Then, you end up holding onto tired legacy applications.
Plan for Migration
There’s no need to panic—yet. You have time to formulate a migration plan. But, Summer 2019 and early 2020 will be here before you know it. You don’t want to wait until the last minute to handle a move of this magnitude.
Just take into consideration the number of computers running Windows 7: An estimated 48 percent of all business workstations during 2018. So, the line for upgrade assistance starts getting extended as we get closer to these EOL dates. The time to start planning is now.
The best way to get your migration plan underway is to partner with a trusted managed services provider like Vology, which knows the ropes. Vology is a Gold Microsoft Partner, and our mission is to empower your organization to achieve more. We can help your organization upgrade, modernize and transform to current versions of Windows Server and SQL server for more security, performance and innovation.
Then saying goodbye to Windows 2008 and SQL 2008 won’t be so painful.