In about 2 weeks Windows Server 2003 will be unsupported. If you have not migrated by now, you are probably realising it is too late. But it is better late than never! Perhaps you have heard one of the three top excuses being made on why migrating from Windows Server 2003 is not a necessity for some organisations.
Below are some of the myths proclaimed over the internet on why Migrating from Windows Server 2003 is not a priority.
1: Other people haven’t migrated, why should I?
Security risks have heightened as 3 out of 10 enterprises have admitted to still planning to run Windows Server 2003. Risks are further investigated HERE but in short include extreme security risks, unsupported updates and compliance issues. Just because other organisations are not focused on security, does not mean that your organisation should miss out.
2: It is too Costly
Many organisations who are continuing to run Windows Server 2003 past its end of life are those who have failed to allocate either a budget or time frame to get the migration done before hand. Planning for your IT infrastructures future should be a top priority for forward thinking organisations. Moving forward on Windows Server 2003, as of now it will cost about $600 per incident, money that easily could have been allocated towards your migration budget. This is not to say that this cost will not just increase after less and less service providers are available to help out of date servers.
3: It is too Confusing
Although many organisations choose to outsource their migration projects, tools are available for organisations looking to tackle some internal migration projects. It is firstly important to understand your IT environment and assets currently in your organisation. From here you can determine cost saving switches and migration pathways that will easily lead your organisation down a more productive and secure path. That can be done with this tool here. If you are more interested in a migration pathway focused tool, one is reviewed here.
Migrate to Windows Server 2003. You aren’t an early adopter anymore…
Ultimatly these are just three of the many myths on why people are choosing not to migrate as soon as possible off of Windows Server 2003. As stated, better late than never so hop on board. You are not an early adopter anymore. Looking to migrate? Read some helpful tips here.