It’s hard to believe it’s been over a decade since the debut of Windows Server 2003, and even more astonishing to look back and see how far technology has come since the days when almost 40% of American households were still using dial-up internet and only 62% had a computer. Here’s a few examples of the technologies that accompanied the Windows Server 2003 release over 10 years ago:
Technology in 2003: The Latest and Greatest
iTunes was first introduced, and by 2009 accounted for 70% of worldwide online digital music sales, making the service the largest legal music retailer.
The best-selling mobile phone was the Nokia 1100, which sported a built-in flashlight and capacity to store 50 contacts and 50 text messages.
The CR Rom Shredder was invented. It was called the MD 100 Media Destroyer, and could reduce a CD into shards in as little as 4 seconds. It also slices through floppy disks, metal clips and all!
We’ve come a long way. Windows Server 2003, in many ways, doesn’t fit with the technologies of today. Would you wait 10 years to update your mobile phone or computer? As the gap between 2003 and the present grows larger with every new update and release, Microsoft has announced that all support for Windows Server 2003 will expire on July 14, 2015. We know…there’s never a right time to say goodbye. But, the clock is ticking.
] Here’s 6 Reasons to Consider Upgrading:
- Security Risks: Security fixes are one of the most critical fixes of installed servers, and after the end-support date, these fixes will no longer be delivered, no matter how serious an issue might be. This means that bug fixes and vulnerabilities won’t be addressed, and your data and systems will be put at risk for security breaches and virus attacks.
- Compliance Regulations: Organizations in highly regulated industries are legally required to run consistent, independent, and pricey audits on outdated software to ensure that they are meeting compliance regulations. If they don’t, they are likely to find themselves out of compliance after support ends, risking being fined or cut off from key trading partners.
- Lack of Technical Support: Customers will no longer be able to contact Microsoft in order to receive help or answers about server problems, which is critical during system outages. Users may not be able to restore the system or recover any data or applications that are stored in the server.
- Cost Increase: Windows 2003 will cost more to operate after support ends. Operational expenses will increase as additional security systems will need to be installed to keep data safe from vulnerabilities that may arise. Technical issues must be resolved in-house, without technical help from Microsoft.
- Application Support Issues: Application ISV’s typically support only a certain number of previous versions of a product. 11 years is already past a sensible support life cycle, and most ISV’s will soon discontinue or have already discontinued support for an operating systems environment like Windows Server 2003.
- Inconsistency with Modern Cloud Options: For customers looking to leverage the benefits of hybrid cloud, Windows Server 2003 will cause tedious inconvenience. Windows Server 2003 installations cannot be re-hosted in Azure cloud, for example, unless they are 62-bit images. However, the majority of Windows Server 2003 installations are 32-bit solutions, so users will not be able to use that operating system instance in Azure cloud.
The product is actually currently on extended support, as the last service pack was released over six years ago. No, Windows Server 2003 won’t suddenly stop working, but unfortunately, the costs and risks of operating on Windows Server 2003 will increase significantly when support ends. The more than 10 million machines still running on Windows Server 2003 will be essentially stranded. As Windows Server 2003 joins typewriters and floppy disks in the realm of legacy technology, the big question is “Where do we go next?” Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to explore upgrading options or take our free online Windows Server 2003 assessment.