On October 10th, 2023, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2, will go end-of-support. What does this mean for you?
In short, it means Microsoft will no longer provide security updates, bug fixes, technical support or online content updates.
Microsoft has a long-established policy of ending support for older products to focus on supporting newer technologies and providing the best possible experience for users.
If you are currently using Windows Server 2012 R2, it is important to start planning for an upgrade to a newer version of Windows Server. Without security updates and bug fixes, your server will become vulnerable to security threats and potential downtime. It is essential to ensure your organisation’s data and applications are protected with the latest security features and that your business continuity can be maintained.
Out-of-support software also does not receive the same service level agreement as software in its support lifecycle. If you currently have a security certification such as Cyber Essentials, PCI DSS for processing credit card payments, or cyber insurance/supply chain requirements this could even be invalidated or put at risk without action to mitigate the risk.
What should you do now?
With the end of support just four months away, we strongly recommend that you start planning your upgrade strategy now to ensure a smooth transition to a newer version of Windows Server. We understand that upgrading your server may seem like a daunting task, but our team is here to help. We can provide guidance on the best upgrade path for your organisation, and we offer a range of migration services to make the process as smooth and painless as possible.
If you are currently running Windows Server 2012, get in touch with one of our consultants today. We are available to discuss your options, which include:
- Modernize your workloads by migrating to Azure.
- Update your on-premises solution to Windows Server 2022.
Advantages of upgrading
Updating your on-premises solution is not just a case of mitigating the risks associated with operating legacy infrastructure, it represents an opportunity to improve the security, mobility, and agility of your organisation. Security is, of course, a major advantage of upgrading, with Windows Server 2022 providing enhanced threat detection and defence capabilities.
We are committed to working closely with clients to put in place a fully considered, and carefully scoped project that meets all your operational and commercial objectives.
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