Cloud services that allow us to store data online are critical to the operations of thousands of businesses around the world. However, as technology marches on, these servers slowly lose their ability to compete with new demands and threats, and they will eventually need to be closed so new servers can be developed.
Here is everything you need to know about the end of support for Windows 2008 servers.
Why Are the Servers Losing Their Support?
For all of their products and services, Microsoft follows a strict Modern Lifecycle Policy which is designed to provide customers with constant service and a sunset period for businesses to prepare and plan their technology strategies.All Windows 2008 Servers, including Datacenter, Enterprise, Foundation, and Standard, have served their customers well, but are no longer on the cutting edge of technology.
Microsoft is looking to focus its efforts on new products and cloud operations, meaning no new staff will be assigned to these servers.
How Will This Affect You?
Although mainstream support for these servers was ceased back in 2015, individuals and businesses could still utilize the information they stored and continued to receive free updates to their security and infrastructure. With all support now being shut down, however, new security patches and updates will not be created, meaning your business could become dangerously susceptible to hackers and malware in the future.
What Can You Do to Prepare?
Microsoft currently has a wide variety of server options for businesses, with their latest and most advanced being Microsoft Azure. If you or your business are still using Windows 2008 servers or R2 servers, it is critical that you switch your server package before January 14th, 2020 to keep your online data and documents protected.
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