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Migrating 2008 R2 Server On Prem or In the Cloud

Windows 7 & Server 2008 R2 End of Life

Stay on Premises or move to the cloud?

On January 14, 2020, Microsoft will be officially ending its support for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2

Now is the time to take a systematic look at your environment to determine what you have, where its located, how it functions, and whether its a good candidate for moving to the cloud or upgrading on-premises.

It is important to take a holistic view of your datacenter environment, and understand the business disruption risks that go along with migration.

Two factors that drive migration risk are: business impact and complexity.

Start by identifying the applications that need to migrate, the underlying architectural dependencies and business requirements, and the post-migration benefits that stakeholders expect.

Once this assessment is complete, you should have a clearer vision to determine whether you should migrate in the cloud or on premises.

Three Reasons to move to Next Dimension’s Data centre:


The backbone of our network is built around ultra-low latency DWDM connections between our three core Points of Presence (data centres) located in Windsor, Toronto and Chicago. Next Dimension directly connects to the largest Internet Exchange in Canada (TORIX), and the largest Internet Exchange in the US Mid-West (Equinix 350 Cermak, Chicago) giving us direct access to all of the major content and cloud providers offering services on the Internet.

When you migrate to Next Dimension’s data centre you gain the ability to:

  • Modernize Applications
  • Take Advantage of Fully Managed Services
  • Access Data from Anywhere
Save Money

Through our multiple interconnections we are able to provision private data centre services for clients anywhere in North America or Europe at speeds up to 10Gbps.  When you migrate to Next Dimension’s data centre you save money by:

  • Reduced Infrastructure Costs
  • Reduced Maintenance Costs

Our data centre is monitored by our Network Operations Centre located in Windsor, Ontario.  Multiple methods are deployed to proactively detect service issues or impairment.  When you migrate to Next Dimension’s data centre you increase security by:

  • 24/7 Physical Security
  • 24/7 Monitoring
  • Rapid Incident Response Time

Upgrading On Premises Infrastructure

When you upgrade to Windows Server 2016 or 2019 on premises, you’ll have the familiarity of keeping apps and workloads on-prem, and still benefit from improved security, reliability, and flexibility.

Upgrading to the latest version of Windows Server helps to reduce maintenance costs while simultaneously improving operational processes.