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The Fast Track to Migration From Windows Server 2003

17 Sep 2015 by Jessica Hall

Before Windows Server 2003 end of support on July 14, 2015, there were an estimated 11.9 million physical servers of its kind worldwide. Who knows how many still need to migrate today? If you're one of the companies that hasn't upgraded yet, here are some things to consider.

In the past, companies managed a server refresh with a slow-and-steady approach, incrementally replacing servers under the hope of maximizing value while updating their data center. However, using the little-bit-at-a-time method will now leave companies vulnerable to security risks, compliance issues and added expenses.

With new technology comes a new approach. Today’s servers provide streamlined power consumption and improved performance with a smaller physical footprint.

In running a hypothetical scenario of a company performing a server refresh, Gartner stated in their March 2014 report that the company would dramatically increase memory capacity, free up 3,200 square feet of floor space, reduce power costs by more than $380,000, enable greater virtual image densities and require fewer physical servers. Furthermore, the combination of open floor space and energy savings would result in “an environment that can continue to grow at a 16% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for an additional 10 years without the need for acquiring additional space."

The new, quick-and-ready approach emphasizes these three things:

  • Considering age as well as operational costs when extending a server’s lifespan
  • Bearing in mind the energy reduction, performance improvements and floor space reduction when developing your organization’s replacement strategy
  • Concentrating on high-resource utilization instead of one-for-one replacements

Based on the findings of Gartner’s report, it’s more than likely that constant, small server upgrades won’t make the most of your data center. Learn more about Windows Server 2003 migration.