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END OF LIFE: Server 2008R2 and Windows 7

Windows 7 & Server 2008 R2 End of Life

What is happening?

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

On January 14, 2020, support for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 will end.  Although the products keep working,  you become exposed to a whole world of security vulnerabilities because Microsoft stops releasing security updates.  Don’t leave your business unprotected!  With the right planning, this end of support can be the start of a more effective application and data management strategy.

What does it mean for your business?

End of Life for Windows Server 2008 means little to no support.  No support leaves your operating system vulnerable.  Once it reaches end of life, there are no new features or fixes released for it.  All Windows Server 2008 R2 editions will be affected; Datacenter, Enterprise, and Standard.

The workloads on existing Windows 2008 servers will need to be migrated to new environments – either on prem or in the cloud.

Once Microsoft stops supporting an OS, it will leave the operating system open and exposed to penetration.  Future security gaps will no longer be identified OR patched, as there will be no more software updates.

Along with reduced performance and security, your organization can also fall out of compliance with industry regulations such as GDPR.

Risks of the Do-Nothing Approach

To understand the level of risk involved in continuing to operate on Windows 2008 and 2008 R2, look no further than 2015, when Windows Server 2003 went End of Life.  Similar risks exist today:

  • Significant rise in the probability of a cyber attack
  • Increased support and maintenance costs
  • Zero access to the latest functionality

Should I Choose On Prem or Next Dimension’s Datacentre?

Now may be the perfect time to innovate and modernize with cloud technologies.  The rapid growth of cloud based services means you’ve got more options, and more questions, about best practices for managing your business.

Have a look at our On Prem or in The Cloud review to help you make the best decision for your infrastructure.