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Windows Server 2003 end of support looms

Thor Olavsrud | Sept. 26, 2014
IT organisations must begin putting in place their migration plans now or risk major disruptions in 2015.

Mayer says that if organizations haven't started their migration process already, they should start now to ensure a smooth transition. Insight suggests organizations follow the following steps:

Phase I: Discovery and Analysis. In this step, businesses need to undertake a detailed environmental discovery to uncover which servers and applications are operating on the software.

Phase 2: Actual Migration. Organizations have a number of choices here that can be pursued in combination. They can pursue software upgrades, including enterprise-class data center and hybrid cloud solutions that can be simple to deploy, cost-effective, application-focused and user-centric. They can undertake hardware upgrades, as Windows Server 2012 requires new powerful hardware that can deliver improved energy efficiency. And they can pursue cloud-based solutions, giving them a flexible platform that allows businesses to rapidly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed data centers.

Phase 3: Monitoring. Finally, to ensure zero downtime or negative effects from the migration, the IT organization must continue to monitor for 24 to 48 hours after the migration.

"There isn't one solution for all businesses," Mayer says. "Based on our experience working with clients, we're seeing this issue cut across all industries and company sizes, and every business may need to budget time, finances and human resources to address it. Whether the businesses we work with choose to replace servers, upgrade software or migrate to the cloud, there are critical decisions to be made that could take a good part of the coming year to address."


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