Amongst the geek speak you may have overheard recently, the term “End of Life” (EOL) may ring a bell. This term refers to the product(s) supplied to customers that are at the end of their useful life and the vendor (more often than not Microsoft) intends to stop supporting it. There are some key Microsoft products coming up on End of Life in the first half of 2015; the major one being Windows Server 2003 (all versions) which subsequently includes Small Business Server (SBS) 2003. Specifically, support will end for these products on July 14, 2015.
So what does this mean to you and your business? In a nut shell, continuing the use of these products becomes a liability and vulnerability as Microsoft will no longer issue security updates for any version of Windows Server 2003. According to Microsoft “you need to take steps now to plan and execute a migration strategy to protect your infrastructure. By migrating to Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Azure or Office 365, you can achieve concreted benefits, including improved performance, reduced maintenance requirements, and increased agility and speed of response to the business.”
We’re here to aid you through this transition. Contact SisAdmin if you have any questions or concerns about your technical infrastructure in light of these upcoming product retirements.