There are a few guarantees in life, but you can expect death, taxes and hackers. Yes, hackers need to be added to this list of certainties. Don’t think about it as “if” you’re attacked. Businesses in Kansas and Missouri need to expect this will happen eventually and running obsolete, outdated, non-patchable systems heightens the risk.

Starting January 14, 2020, Microsoft Server 2008 and 2008R2 will be included in those obsolete systems. On that date, support ends, meaning Microsoft will not provide critical security patches and updates. Your business is already a target, and unsupported systems make it easier for cybercriminals to infiltrate your organization.

What Microsoft Server 2008 EOL Means for Your Business

You Won’t be Compliant

PCI and other regulations require your systems receive security updates and support. Server 2008 will not have access to either starting January 14, 2020. You will not pass an audit if you continue to run the system past the deadline.

Hackers Will Exploit Security Flaws

“Zero day exploits” happen when cybercriminals capitalize on a security flaw before a patch can be released. After a product enters end-of-support, Microsoft doesn’t release any patches. Every day becomes a zero day exploit, and your systems are constantly exposed to hackers, malware and viruses.

Critical Business Applications + Compatibility

New hardware and software will not be designed to work on an unsupported operating system. You don’t want to purchase new devices or update a line-of-business application only to find out it won’t work because you’re still on Server 2008.

You’ll Pay More for Support

Really, we should say, you’ll pay more for support, if you can even find it. Microsoft won’t offer assistance, and many service providers will either not work on the dated system or will charge more to resolve your problem.

You Need to Make a Change Now

Migrate to Server 2016 if you want to continue using an on-premise server. New security features, like Credential and Device Guard, help prevent hackers and malware infecting your systems.

Tip: Server 2019 is also an option, but you may experience compatibility issues with line-of-business applications. We recommend most clients choose Server 2016 instead.

Pros and Cons of Moving to the Cloud

If you’ve been thinking about a move to the cloud, now is the perfect time. But, before you make a final decision, think through how these pros and cons affect your business.

Pro: Understanding and Managing Compliance is Easier

Microsoft is leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help businesses manage compliance requirements, evaluate risks and better protect data.

Pro: You’ll Access Security Tools for Modern Businesses

Modern businesses need to confront threats across devices, in and out of the office. Services in the cloud, like Mobile Device Management (MDM), give you greater control over and visibility of your data and improve your security posture.

Pro: Solutions can Scale as Your Business Changes

In the cloud, you only pay for what you use. You can adjust storage options in a few clicks, making it easy to add or remove capacity as your business changes.

Pro: There are No Physical Maintenance Concerns

You won’t need to worry about power outages, routine maintenance or purchasing new machines every 3 to 5 years.

Pro: You Could Save Money and Extend the Deadline

You can’t rush through the planning phase, and time is quickly running out. Microsoft is offering free extended support to businesses that rehost workloads to Azure. Contact us to learn more.

Con: Reliance on Connectivity Limits Your Options

When you move to the cloud, you are entirely dependent on your internet connection. For businesses in rural areas that can’t access reliable high-speed internet, a pure cloud option is not feasible. In addition, since all of your data is on the internet in a pure cloud environment, it is highly recommended to have a “high availability” setup with your routers and firewalls. So, if one router\firewall fails, the other is already on and ready to take on the workload.

Con: Scalability is a Double-Edged Sword

Common mistakes, like overprovisioning, can cause your cloud costs to skyrocket. If you do choose to move to the cloud, seek out IT experts like Network Tech, who can explain how to manage and monitor usage to keep your budget on track.

Con: Not a Plug-and-Play Solution

The cloud is much more than servers. It’s business applications, document management, email and more. You can’t simply sign up and expect everything to change overnight. Understand what changes your business will need to make before, during and after a cloud migration. Plan your move carefully and seek out employee training as needed.

Set Your Microsoft Server 2008 End of Life Strategy

The solution you choose will impact your business for years to come. Before making a decision, get an assessment to determine what is best for your company.

Network Tech offers assessment scans that gather important information about your network and potentially uncover issues you did not know you had. Armed with this information, we can then present you with an educated assessment of your IT needs.

Contact us online or by phone, 913-538-7700, to schedule your assessment.