“If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” – Could burn your company down

By Eric Huskey

Would you like to see your multi-million dollar business go up in flames?  It’s simple, don’t backup, don’t upgrade your systems and ignore technology!  Many of you might have heard about the upgrade hoopla when Microsoft ended extended support for Windows XP.   Now, the upgrade bonanza is coming back by way of Windows Server 2003.  If you thought the XP migration was important, upgrading your Server 2003 when extended support is terminated in July 2015 is absolutely mission critical.

Don’t think updating your Windows Server 2003 is important?  You might want to read this article that was published in the Wall Street Journal last week. “Homeland Security Sends Alert on Windows Server 2003 Risks” by Steven Norton.  Mr. Norton goes on to explain that the DHS is pushing businesses to upgrade in order to avoid security risks, software/hardware compatibility issues and potential compliance conflicts.

Mainstream support ended in July of 2010 and with it non-security support, no-charge incident support and design/feature changes.  When July 2015 rolls around all security fixes will cease and any security flaws found in Server 2003 will leave your organization vulnerable until you upgrade.  Servers are the work horses for business applications, the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” mentality, could leave your organization open to crippling attacks on your network and leave your IT professional with no escalation point when your systems ‘bug-out’.  This means he can’t guarantee a resolution.  Either way your business applications are out of commission.

If your business is subject to healthcare or financial regulations like HIPAA or PCI you will likely find that you are out of compliance.  What would the impact be to your organization? Would you lose important business partnerships?  Would you face regulatory sanctions or fines?  Would your clients continue doing business with you?

Unfortunately, planning a migration is not as easy as purchasing a new license and installing it on your server.  Potential compatibility issues may arise with legacy backup solutions and legacy applications.  Microsoft offers some free and low-cost tools to help make the move.   You can also download a free trial of Windows Server 2012 R2.  I recommend you read a significantly more detailed IDC white paper titled “Why You Should Get Current.”

If you are concerned about your updates, migrations or  BDR call us at 306.592.5433 ext.2601 to get a “Free Network Assessment”