Click here to close now.




















Welcome!

Related Topics: @CloudExpo, Java IoT, Microsoft Cloud, Linux Containers, Containers Expo Blog, @BigDataExpo

@CloudExpo: Article

Three Things You Must Know About the End of Support of Windows Server 2003

Three Things you must know about the End of Support of Windows Server 2003

In the wake of the end of support of Windows XP and the almost immediate exploitation with the IE vulnerability, focus has turned to the next big End of Support (EOS) event which is for Windows Server 2003.  To help companies prepare to navigate large migration projects of WS 2003 AppZero and Microsoft teamed up last week in a webinar entitled "How to Solve the Challenge of WS2003."  You can view the slides and recording here (registration required).

The first big takeaway was "now is the time to act." Customer feedback around XP migrations is that it is important to start planning early.  With time running out between now and next summer (the end of support for WS2003) it's important to have a migration plan.  Many of the enterprise projects we at AppZero are seeing have a duration of eight months or more (depending on the number of servers) from the start date of the program.  And, there can be additional months of planning and preparation ahead of the start, especially for those moving more than one thousand servers.

Just how big is the security risk of not moving off WS 2003 and onto a supported platform? In 2013, Microsoft released 37 critical updates for WS 2003.  After end of support, there will be none.  With the one, post EOS fix for Windows XP, there are those who feel the issue has less urgency.  This is not the case.  Microsoft has said there will be no post-EOS patches for WS 2003.

The second big takeaway is that you need to understand all of the important factors in a migration project.  Separate research studies from Microsoft and AppZero showed that:

  • 74% of IT Datacenter Managers (ITDM) are aware of the WS 2003 EOS date¹
  • 57% of Microsoft customers are still running WS 2003²
  • 94% of those running WS 2003 intend to migrate, but only 24% are ready to do so²
  • 40% not sure of upgrade path²
  • 35% intend to move to the cloud as part of their migration²

Sources

¹ MSFT Customer Survey 12/2013 (400 NA & Canada ENT & UMM ITDMs)

² AppZero Survey 12/2013 (150 Fortune 1000 IT professionals)

In addition to security risks, there are also business and compliance issues which must be taken into account once WS 2003 reaches end of support.  For example, PCI compliance demands that your ecommerce site runs on a supported platform, meaning that if you need to process credit card information, you will be uncertified and out of compliance and therefore unable to conduct business.

The WS 2003 EOS event is causing enterprises a number of concerns including:

  • Incompatibilities of applications
  • Hardware & software refresh costs
  • Changing a stable environment
  • Security breaches not being covered
  • Compliance audits
  • Disrupting the business

Enterprises that have already begun planning for innovation have reported the following benefits:

  • Cloud adoption (cheaper, faster, better)
  • Maintain peace of mind of running a secure & proven infrastructure
  • New capabilities of the Cloud OS
  • Simplify control & management by consolidating HW
  • Business alignment elevates strategic relevance of IT

 

Enterprises that are farther along in the process are reporting the benefits of upgrading and modernizing including:

  • Cost Savings - Enterprises are able to reduce their capital expenses through virtualization and Cloud OS.
  • Simplicity - Enterprises are able to simplify their IT management across on premise and Cloud; and make their infrastructure more agile with Windows Server/System Center.
  • Peace of Mind - Enterprises can rely on enterprise-grade security on premises and in the Cloud.

The third takeaway is that you need a well-documented execution plan and process for your migration project.  Many System Integrators with migration practices have their own methodology (as does Microsoft and AppZero), but most have in common, four basic steps:

  1. Discover
  2. Assess
  3. Target
  4. Migrate

During the Discover Phase you undergo an application inventory to determine which applications you are currently running. You then move into the Assessment Phase, where you rank the applications by type, criticality and risk.  This is also a good opportunity to determine which apps can be retired. The third phase is when you determine the Target destination for each of the apps in your inventory that you will move forward.  And finally, you reach the Migrate Phase, which is where AppZero's application modernization tool comes in.  This phase is where you migrate your applications to their assigned destination target.

Although WS 2003 EOS is a large and complex event for IT, it is also an opportunity to create a strategic plan for moving your datacenter forward.  By capitalizing on that opportunity you can automate, simplify and modernize your infrastructure and reduce your operating costs.  AppZero is here to help.  If you would like a demonstration of the latest release of AppZero or have questions about creating a migration plan, please contact us now.  Register here if you'd like to view the recorded webinar and slides.

AppZero will be demonstrating the newest release of the application modernization tool, AppZero V6, this week at Cloud Expo.  If you're planning to visit Cloud Expo, stop by booth #425 and see a demo - you can get a cool t-shirt too.  If you need a free pass to attend the expo, you can get one here: bit.ly/1tMnVi

More Stories By Adine Deford

Adine Deford is the CMO for AppZero – the fastest and most flexible way to move workloads across clouds and datacenter servers, without re-engineering, re-installation, or lock-in. With more than two decades of technology marketing experience, she has a deep understanding of the power of “trigger events” in launching disruptive technologies. She predicts that the end of life for Windows Server 2003 scheduled for July 2015, will be the event that puts application migration, particularly cloud migration on the map. You can follow her on Twitter at @AdineDeford.

Latest Stories
Container technology is sending shock waves through the world of cloud computing. Heralded as the 'next big thing,' containers provide software owners a consistent way to package their software and dependencies while infrastructure operators benefit from a standard way to deploy and run them. Containers present new challenges for tracking usage due to their dynamic nature. They can also be deployed to bare metal, virtual machines and various cloud platforms. How do software owners track the usag...
In their session at 17th Cloud Expo, Hal Schwartz, CEO of Secure Infrastructure & Services (SIAS), and Chuck Paolillo, CTO of Secure Infrastructure & Services (SIAS), provide a study of cloud adoption trends and the power and flexibility of IBM Power and Pureflex cloud solutions. In his role as CEO of Secure Infrastructure & Services (SIAS), Hal Schwartz provides leadership and direction for the company.
There are many considerations when moving applications from on-premise to cloud. It is critical to understand the benefits and also challenges of this migration. A successful migration will result in lower Total Cost of Ownership, yet offer the same or higher level of robustness. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Michael Meiner, an Engineering Director at Oracle, Corporation, analyzed a range of cloud offerings (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS) and discussed the benefits/challenges of migrating to each offe...
SYS-CON Events announced today that the "Second Containers & Microservices Expo" will take place November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Containers and microservices have become topics of intense interest throughout the cloud developer and enterprise IT communities.
As organizations shift towards IT-as-a-service models, the need for managing and protecting data residing across physical, virtual, and now cloud environments grows with it. CommVault can ensure protection and E-Discovery of your data – whether in a private cloud, a Service Provider delivered public cloud, or a hybrid cloud environment – across the heterogeneous enterprise. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Randy De Meno, Chief Technologist - Windows Products and Microsoft Partnerships at Com...
The Software Defined Data Center (SDDC), which enables organizations to seamlessly run in a hybrid cloud model (public + private cloud), is here to stay. IDC estimates that the software-defined networking market will be valued at $3.7 billion by 2016. Security is a key component and benefit of the SDDC, and offers an opportunity to build security 'from the ground up' and weave it into the environment from day one. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Reuven Harrison, CTO and Co-Founder of Tufin,...
Scrum Alliance has announced the release of its 2015 State of Scrum Report. Almost 5,000 individuals and companies worldwide participated in this year's survey. Most organizations in the market today are still leading and managing under an Industrial Age model. Not only is the speed of change growing exponentially, Agile and Scrum frameworks are showing companies how to draw on the full talents and capabilities of those doing the work in order to continue innovating for success.
SYS-CON Events announced today that MobiDev, a software development company, will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MobiDev is a software development company with representative offices in Atlanta (US), Sheffield (UK) and Würzburg (Germany); and development centers in Ukraine. Since 2009 it has grown from a small group of passionate engineers and business managers to a full-scale mobi...
Between the compelling mockups and specs produced by your analysts and designers, and the resulting application built by your developers, there is a gulf where projects fail, costs spiral out of control, and applications fall short of requirements. In his session at @DevOpsSummit, Charles Kendrick, CTO and Chief Architect at Isomorphic Software, presented a new approach where business and development users collaborate – each using tools appropriate to their goals and expertise – to build mocku...
SYS-CON Events announced today that VividCortex, the monitoring solution for the modern data system, will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. The database is the heart of most applications, but it’s also the part that’s hardest to scale, monitor, and optimize even as it’s growing 50% year over year. VividCortex is the first unified suite of database monitoring tools specifically desi...
Graylog, Inc., has added the capability to collect, centralize and analyze application container logs from within Docker. The Graylog logging driver for Docker addresses the challenges of extracting intelligence from within Docker containers, where most workloads are dynamic and log data is not persisted or stored. Using Graylog, DevOps and IT Ops teams can pinpoint the root cause of problems to deliver new applications faster and minimize downtime.
As Marc Andreessen says software is eating the world. Everything is rapidly moving toward being software-defined – from our phones and cars through our washing machines to the datacenter. However, there are larger challenges when implementing software defined on a larger scale - when building software defined infrastructure. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Boyan Ivanov, CEO of StorPool, provided some practical insights on what, how and why when implementing "software-defined" in the datacent...
Learn how you can use the CoSN SEND II Decision Tree for Education Technology to make sure that your K–12 technology initiatives create a more engaging learning experience that empowers students, teachers, and administrators alike.
Mobile, social, Big Data, and cloud have fundamentally changed the way we live. “Anytime, anywhere” access to data and information is no longer a luxury; it’s a requirement, in both our personal and professional lives. For IT organizations, this means pressure has never been greater to deliver meaningful services to the business and customers.
In a recent research, analyst firm IDC found that the average cost of a critical application failure is $500,000 to $1 million per hour and the average total cost of unplanned application downtime is $1.25 billion to $2.5 billion per year for Fortune 1000 companies. In addition to the findings on the cost of the downtime, the research also highlighted best practices for development, testing, application support, infrastructure, and operations teams.