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!