Running Out of Time with Your Old Server and Microsoft Windows Server 2003 OS?

Going through my basement the other day (affectionately referred to as my ”Technology Museum”), I came across the cell phone I used ten years ago — right next to my Polaroid Land camera. The cell phone could store up to 99 contacts (because who would need more than that?), had an antenna that pulled up and down (wasn’t it up for long distance, and down for local? — at least that’s what I told everyone), and taking a picture would have been impossible. Technology sure has come a long way in ten years.

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 was released about the time I was using that phone. Microsoft is now ending support for the OS on July 15, 2015. Some of you may still be using that platform to run your business. If so, chances are your hardware may be aging as well. Here are a few reasons you may want to move to Windows Server 2012 R2 running on Lenovo servers.

  • Security patches and updates will no longer be available for Windows 2003 and older servers will be more vulnerable to malicious attacks. You could be risking both your business data, including your customer’s personal information and credit card data, as well as your intellectual property.
  • If you lose your business data, your business could be at risk of failing. Ten years ago, businesses were not subject to regulations like Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), HIPAA and PCI. Violations could result in huge fines — or worse.
  • Applications may not be recoverable if the OS fails. What happens to your business if your employees don’t have access to the tools they need?
  • Outdated and inefficient hardware is keeping your operating and maintenance costs higher than they need to be. Outdated hardware consumes more power and space — and the cost of service contracts for older servers is much higher.

With the recent acquisition of System x, Lenovo has an extended product line and has added technologies to significantly increase storage and I/O density as well as flexibility for today’s workloads, such as virtualization and big data. High-efficiency power supplies will help reduce your power and cooling costs. Of course, this next-gen server lineup provides the same legendary quality Lenovo has always offered.

That old cell phone was slow, had limited storage capacity and could only do one task – make a call. How many times have you upgraded your cell phone in the last ten years to get new features, capacity and ease of managing your information? Five or more times? Maybe it’s time to upgrade to Windows Server 2012 R2 on a ThinkServer or System x platform.

For more information on making the switch, a white paper from IDC on the benefits of modernizing your infrastructure is available as well as information to help our partners migrate customers. Visit the server refresh page.