The clock is ticking for businesses still relying on Windows Server 2012 as it is reaching end of life on October 10th, 2023. With the end of support just around the corner it’s crucial to take action and upgrade promptly. Failure to do so can leave your business vulnerable to cyber threats and non-compliant with security standards. We understand the importance of keeping your business secure so here are actionable steps to ensure a seamless Windows Server 2012 transition.
The Consequences of Windows Server 2012 End of Life
Without bug fixes and security updates, any IT systems running on Windows Server 2012 beyond the 10th October 2023 will start to become vulnerable to cyber attacks and potential data breaches, exposing your business to unnecessary risks. Even if you restore from backup you run the risk of being compromised again, and you might not be able to get cyber insurance either.
Beyond these immediate concerns, running an outdated server also limits your ability to adopt new programs and devices. As technology advances, services are no longer designed with Windows Server 2012 in mind. This means you may miss out on valuable opportunities to leverage the latest tools and innovations that can enhance your business operations and keep you competitive in today’s fast-paced digital landscape.
Moreover, the decision to stick with an unsupported server could have wider implications for your business’s compliance and security certifications. Without the ability to guarantee the minimum necessary security requirements, you risk compromising the trust and confidence your clients place in your organisation. To protect your reputation and maintain compliance, it’s crucial to take proactive steps towards upgrading your server.
Exploring Your Upgrade Options
To ensure a smooth transition from Windows Server 2012, you have several options at your disposal. If you prefer to remain on-premises, migrating to a newer Windows Server version, such as Windows Server 2019 or 2022, is something we would recommend to our clients.
If you’ve been considering moving any of your server workloads to the cloud (whether that’s public cloud such as Azure or the Wessex IT cloud) this presents an excellent opportunity to review your options – and to potentially kill two birds with one stone.
How We Can Help
We understand that upgrading your server infrastructure can be daunting, especially when you have critical business operations to focus on. That’s why we are here to guide you through every step of the process. Our team of experts will assess your current server usage, licensing and application compatibility, then tailor a migration plan to meet your specific needs. Get in touch if you’d like to find out more.