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Complexity, Lack of Staff Delay Windows Server 2003 Migration for Many

25 Jun 2015 by Hannah Bridge

With less than a month left until Microsoft Windows Server 2003 end-of-support deadline, many organizations are still running this soon-to-be unsupported software.

On July 14, 2015, Microsoft will no longer provide product support or security updates for Windows Server 2003. While it’s Microsoft's first ultra-successful server operating system, Windows Server 2003 is outdated software today, causing major maintenance and security issues for businesses still running it. With no security updates, Windows Server 2003 systems may face increasing cybersecurity threats. This problem could potentially be exploited by hackers who know that millions of these Windows Server 2003 systems are still in use.

Despite the warnings and risks, businesses cite a few reasons for not migrating weeks before the end-of-support date.

First, the computing landscape has changed drastically since the release of Windows Server 2003 more than a decade ago. Many businesses are struggling to meet the deadline due to the complexity of the systems and lack of talent to complete it. 

In a recent article by The Wall Street Journal, Insight CIO Mike Guggemos talks about struggles that are preventing businesses from migrating. “The odds that staff are still around that worked on those, and that know what those systems are connected into, that know what is accessed on those machines and the architecture of the apps they’re running on… you just don’t have the people around.”

Another reason businesses haven’t migrated is because they didn’t anticipate the level of cost it would entail, primarily because there wasn’t a sense of urgency sooner. While migrating servers does take time and money, avoiding the migration from Windows Server 2003 may cost much more in the long run. Is it worth it?

We know how important it is to migrate. We’re here to help you prioritize this costly, time-consuming task into a manageable project. Learn more about Windows Server 2003 end of support here, or contact us at 1.800.INSIGHT.