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End of 2003 Server = Start of a cloud??

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Windows server 2003 has been arguably the most successful Windows server platform ever released, being quite radical in its day, however its day was certainly some time ago. 2003 server was released on April 24th 2003 when Andre Agassi was the Tennis world no 1, Room 5 were at the top of the charts and the Nokia’s 1100 was the no 1 selling Mobile phone. Even iTunes had not been released.

We have certainly come a long way and many of you still have the trusty 2003 server running but with support coming to an end in July 2015 what do you do? Keep running with fingers crossed? Upgrade to 2012? Or is it the opportunity to shift your infrastructure to the Cloud?

A recent survey showed that 61% of businesses have at least one Windows 2003 server running and that only 8% intend to keep them, the rest favouring upgrade or a move to cloud

To stick with 2003 is a risk obviously, but best to be aware of the facts:

  • There will be no Microsoft support in case of issues.
  • There will be no security updates or bug fixes available.
  • Security vulnerabilities will not be addressed.
  • 64bit software will not run on 2003.
  • 37 critical updates were released in 2013 for server 2003.
  • The last service pack for 2003 was released in 2007.
  • Later versions of Server are far superior in terms of features, performance and security.

There isn’t a simple answer as every situation is different, however it is the belief that the majority will find that the related cost savings of going to cloud will be tempting not to mention increased performance, scalability and flexibility that a cloud can provide. Cloud technology used to be something reserved for big companies but now with the advent of cheap and fast broadband together with lower compute costs it is accessible to all.

Cloud53 will be happy to talk this over should you be in this position. Your 2003 servers are not going to blow up on July 14th but you should be ready and aware!

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Cloud Hosted VoIP Telephony

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These days everything seems to be moving to the Cloud, and telephony is no different. In fact businesses are benefiting by moving their telephone systems to the Cloud and virtualising them into VoIP (Voice over IP) systems. This not only saves businesses costs by not having to run and maintain traditional onsite telephone systems, but also frees up space in comms rooms and cupboards. Moving to a hosted PBX solution can seem a little daunting and it is sometimes a good idea to run a proof of concept before diving in head first.
Our customers typically see a cost reduction of 80% within the first year of moving to a Cloud hosted telephone system – now surely that’s got to be worth having a conversation about?!
Cloud PBX’s don’t have to cost the earth and they are scalable. With a traditional telephone system you’d have to understand how many lines or extensions you wanted and then add some on for future growth planning. With Cloud telephone systems this is not the case. Businesses only pay for what they use on a metered basis. This gives the freedom and flexibility to plan for business growth without the capital investment. Additionally when the time for expansion comes there is no outlay for expensive addon modules or additional bits of hardware. This means that the speed for deployment of additional features or extensions is dramatically reduced.

Here at Cloud53 we have over 10 years experience deploying and working with VoIP telephone systems Our experience ranges from Asterisk systems, Trixbox & 3CX Phone System. We are partnered with 3CX and deploy their 3CX IP PBX in a hosted manner from the Cloud, or alternatively we can deploy and maintain the 3CX PBX using an on premise approach.

To find out how our Cloud hosted PBX solutions could help you and your business give one of our Cloud experts a call today.

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