by Nicki Dowsett in Industry News
Windows Server 2003 Support Ending
Microsoft have recently announced that from 14th July 2015 they will no longer be offering support for the Windows Server 2003 server. This means that if you or your business are still operating on the 2003 if anything goes wrong they will no longer be able to assist you, and you should now be thinking about looking at alternative options to ensure safe and secure running for your systems.
There are three options to consider with Windows Server 2003 support ending, each of which has its own benefits –
Allowing access anywhere anyhow. Office 365 means you can have a cloud based system that can be accessed on your desk top, laptop, tablet or smart phone anywhere in the world, with all the familiarity of Microsoft programmes such as mail, calendar, word, excel and power-point. Accessing your files and email could not be simpler. Emails can be branded to your business no more google or Hotmail email address for the small business allowing marketing for your business to be more efficient. With 1TB of storage per user there is plenty of storage for each user, files can easily be shared for your team to be able to access data simply and effectively. No more emailing files back and forward as required. They can be shared not just within your company but also your clients if needed.
Windows Server 2012 R2
With Windows Server 2003 support ending, small businesses can benefit with Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, a cloud based solution designed specifically for small businesses. Simplifying the integration of optional cloud-based application such as Office 365 and Azure, this option can help minimise the time and effort you spend on IT. Essential is a flexible and affordable server solution specifically priced for small business with up to 25 users and 50 devices. Your data is protected with backups using a wizard or you can use cloud storage for a greater protection. Backups can be run daily on individual PC’s and is easily protected with file history. Access remotely is provided in a secure for users and admins to files, client computers and servers, My server app for Windows 8 is a touch friendly way to access all your data and perform light tasks from desktops, laptops, and tablet devices. Integrating Office 365 you can create your own accounts in Server 2012 and associated mailbox will be created at the same time, all password protected with access from either local or cloud based. Providing server virtualisation, SME’s can now focus on the business and not worry about IT infrastructure.
Azure is a cloud platform with a collection of integrated services, storage, data, networking and app, all of which help you to move faster, be more efficient and save. It is the only major platform ranked by Gartner an industry leader for both Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS). Its combination of managed and unmanaged services allow you to build, deploy and manage applications any way you like. Some cloud solutions ask you to choose between your data centre and public data, however not Azure, its hybrid solution gives you the best of both worlds. Storage, backup and recovery are more efficient and cost effective. Applications can be on premises and cloud based. Sharing the same tested platforms as Skype, Office 365, Bing and Xbox, this offers 99.95% availability and round the clock support on Azure. This platform can be easily and quickly scaled up or down to meet your needs and you pay only for what you use with per minute billing and a price match to competitors you will get best value for money.
What does this mean to you?
With Windows Server 2003 Support Ending, you and your business are at risk. With no more support offered if anything goes wrong, you could lose valuable data and ultimately time and money not to mention a whole lot of stress. It is important you start to review your options sooner rather than later. If you are still on Windows Server 2003 or not and would like to investigate any of these option, please contact us at MPR IT Solutions to discuss the best option for you and your business. We can support you through the migration from start to finish and also continue to support you for the long term. Contact us:
Telephone: 0800 030 20 30
Web: www.mpr-it.co.ukTags: Microsoft 2012 R2, Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Windows Server 2003