As we have all experienced over the years, Microsoft retires older products, removing all support and patching ability. Server 2003 and 2008 have all gone this way and, next in line is 2012. So, if you are a 2012 user, please read on!
Microsoft will ‘end of life’ Server 2012 on 10th October 2023. There are numerous dangers of end of life servers including legal and regulatory risk, increased costs, incompatible software and poor performance and reliability. Additionally, you will no longer receive any security patches, leaving you increasingly vulnerable to viruses, spyware, and other malicious software – all of which are once again on the rise within the legal sector.
“But 2023 is ages away!?” You’re right – it seems a long way off, but it is only 578 business days from today.
The “end of life” for Windows 2003 Server came into effect in July of 2015, and Windows 2008 Server ended mainstream support in January of 2015. Despite the long lead-in times, we still see old operating systems in production environments today, introducing massive and unnecessary risk.
Does your strategic IT roadmap include provisions for ‘end of life’ products? Do you even have a roadmap and, if not, how do you effectively plan, budget and prepare the business for ongoing IT requirements?
CTS strongly believe in the value of Strategic Consultancy, mapping your IT infrastructure against current and future needs, anticipating regulatory changes, recommending best practices, and proposing plans to support the development of your operation. All at a pace that matches your aspirations.
Strategically planned and well-executed IT services should transform the operating success of your legal practice for both day-to-day operations and in the longer term.
So, if you currently utilise Server 2012 R2, it’s time to start planning!
Contact us today to discuss your technology strategy.