What OS [Operating System] does your business’ server run? If you’re not sure, now is the perfect time to find out. Two market-leading products, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2, are reaching their End of Support date on January 14th, 2020. That’s less than 2 months away from the publish date of this article!
Why is Microsoft discontinuing Windows Server 2008?
In a word, it’s “old”. As the name suggests, Windows Server 2008 launched in 2008. It was built from the same code base as Windows Vista and shares a lot of the same functionality and architecture.
Microsoft adheres to a product lifecycle for many good reasons. Technology has advanced considerably in the last 11 years. Producing patches and updates to combat cybercriminals and keep the platform running smoothly is increasingly difficult and expensive. Transitioning away from older products allows developers to focus on the next generation of Operating Systems.
Advantages to Upgrading
TCG recommends a thorough evaluation of your existing hardware and your company’s needs before recommending a course of action. But let’s say you’re considering an upgrade to Server 2019, the newest product in the Windows Server line. What makes it a better product?
Security is the best place to start. Server 2019 includes Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP). It monitors common vectors for security breaches. It automatically alerts users and blocks potentially malicious attacks.
2019 also boasts shielded VMs [Virtual Machines], a carryover from Windows Server 2016. That means VMs are safeguarded so that they can only be run on healthy, approved hosts.
The next thing to consider is efficiency. Windows Server 2019 has a smaller Server Core Container image that reduces virtual machine overhead by more than 50%. Getting similar functionality from a smaller image means lower costs and superior efficiency.
With support for a variety of services and containers (Kubernetes, Tigera Calico, and Linux containers), Server 2019 is a more flexible product that will support your organization as it scales.
Lastly, let’s talk about End of Support for Server 2019. It’s well in the future. Extended support ends on January 9th, 2029. Upgrading means years of cutting-edge support before you you’re considering the next version upgrade.
A Partner You Can Trust
Your server is the beating heart of your computer infrastructure. Upgrading or replacing it requires significant technical expertise. If you can’t take on this challenge alone, contact a leading Managed Services Provider like TCG Network Services. It’s our job to arm you with the information you need, develop a transition plan, execute it, and maintain your hardware into the future.