Windows Server 2003 users urged to move to the cloud

Windows Server 2003 users urged to move to the cloud (D3Damon via iStock)

Networks still using Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (WS2003) should embrace a move to the cloud, experts have claimed.

Evidence suggests that reduced costs, the ability to consolidate out-of-date hardware and future-proof company infrastructure are all among the main benefits of migrating to a cloud-based platform.

With the rise of the bring your own device (BYOD) trends, there is also a feeling that updating to the cloud will help to create hybrid infrastructure with on-premise servers that can help complement such services.

But in a recent column for ITWire, Alan Hyde, vice president, and general manager, Enterprise Group, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise South Pacific, claims many companies are still struggling to make the transition to the cloud from Windows Server 2003, despite support for the platform ending on July 14th 2015.

A survey from Netcraft carried out last summer estimated 600,000 web-facing computers, hosting millions of websites, are thought to be running the operating system, with a lack of in-house IT support and budgets cited as possible reasons for not changing the situation.

In contrast, many other companies saw the end of support (EOS) for WS2003 as a chance to reassess their entire IT infrastructure, which in many cases allowed them to cease upon various benefits that come with a cloud platform.

For instance, the elimination of “hot fixes” for WS2003 means infrastructure and customer data is exposed to a reduced risk of hackers and malware.

Businesses adopting the cloud are also more agile as the cloud allows users to access information from almost any location, making it possible to implement flexible and mobile working policies.

The migration also helps to reduce costs and allows businesses to consolidate hardware that is no longer in use, making networks and systems more efficient while also reducintg management costs.

But, as Mr Hyde pointed out in his recent column, having the right approach is key.

He said: "Choosing the right migration strategy and future state is critical. Modern servers offer trusted industry standards, support for all the major hypervisors like Hyper-V, and performance designed to accommodate the IT infrastructure demands of today – and tomorrow."

Knowing the right approach is only one part of a successful migration as a trusted partner to help with the process is often a prominent part of achieving successful results.