The countdown is on for Windows Server 2012 to officially reach its end-of-life. As we say goodbye to this server operating system’s era, what does that mean for businesses and individuals who are relying on this server to house data? What are the next steps and how should you be prepared to make the transition as seamless as possible? Our experts share their recommendations, how to avoid potential migration risks, and what you can expect going forward should you not migrate to an up-to-date server.
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Microsoft will bid adieu to its Windows Server 2012 very soon
Technology moves at an alarmingly fast pace and software systems and servers are no exception. Microsoft has been preparing the world for it’s Windows Server 2012 end-of-life (EOL) for some time now, but the date is quickly approaching. It is currently slated to sail off into the sunset on October 10, 2023.
So what exactly does that mean?
After this date, Microsoft will no longer be supporting the software with security updates, patches or technical support for the operating system. While you will still be able to use the program, it’s crucial that you plan ahead now to migrate to a newer server OS for many reasons.
Why End-of-Life Matters
The EOL of an operating system isn’t just a date on the calendar — it has significant implications for businesses relying on the operating system. The biggest concern and the one that should be at the forefront of every user’s mind is security. With EOL comes the end of Microsoft’s support of the system such as providing important security updates and software patches. Without these critical updates, the doors are opened wide for cyber criminals to easily and quickly deploy malware, gain access to your system and files wreaking all kinds of havoc, as well as the ability for new vulnerabilities to be identified and taken advantage of by these bad actors.
Additionally, the lack of security leads to potential compliance issues. Many industries have strict regulatory guidelines and requirements that must be met (HIPAA as an example) and these regulations necessitate the use of supported and regularly updated software. Utilizing an unsupported server could lead to a whole host of security issues causing companies to be out of compliance with many regulatory requirements.
Work With an Expert
No matter the size or the industry of your business, it will be essential for you to prepare and complete your server migration with an expert. Working with an expert will limit your potential downtime and the possibility of lost data and mistakes. Time is ticking and we want you to be in a position to have security and peace of mind that your data, files and important documents are safely stored on an up-to-date and secure server. Get in contact with our experts by emailing us at email@example.com or call us at 308-381-1000.