The time to start planning for your Windows 7 or Windows 2008 server upgrade is now.
There are numerous options to explore in terms of upgrade paths, especially when it comes to the server operating systems. It is time to undergo a strategic review of your technology ecosystem to determine the best approach.
Security Updates End Soon
Mark your calendars, but don’t wait for January 14th, 2020. On this date, Microsoft will stop providing security updates for both Windows 7 and Server 2008, which will put networks using those operating systems at risk for exploitation by cyber criminals. Mainstream support for both products ended years ago, meaning that no performance updates or enhancements were being offered, but extended support that provides security patches will end in 2020.
As of last month, Windows 7 still makes up more than 39% of all the desktop operating systems used world-wide and it was only at the end of 2017 that Windows 10 deployments bypassed Windows 7. Millions of servers around the world are still using Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2.
Upgrade Now to Prevent Data Breaches!
To continue receiving regular security updates from Microsoft and avoid being exploited by future vulnerabilities (and there will be more!), all of these systems will have to be upgraded to a supported version of the Windows desktop or server operating systems.
Your account managers will be providing specific guidance during your next Quarterly Business Review. If you don’t want to wait until then, we encourage you to reach out to them directly. We’re here to help and to make sure your systems stay safe and that cybercriminals can’t take advantage of your compromised systems.