By Marc Seery (Marketing Manager, Sage One UK & Ireland).
Microsoft will end support for Windows Server 2003 on 14th July, 2015.
“So what?” I hear you say.
Well, there are a number of important issues. Firstly, no new software will be written for Server 2003 but more importantly Microsoft will no longer be providing security patches.
This potentially creates issues around your business critical applications and the security of business and customer data. As recently as 2013, 37 critical updates were provided for Server 2003.
Last year Microsoft estimated that it is still being run by 53% of small to medium sized businesses. If this included you, maybe it’s time for you to review your infrastructure?
Is it time to buy new servers or move to the Cloud?
Few business owners went into business because they were interested in looking after IT. So why not pass the headache of security, disaster recovery and backups to the expert Cloud providers?
If you’re worried about the reliability of cloud-based services, Microsoft Office 365 is currently running at 99.98% uptime and the figures for Google Apps for Work are similar. This is a much higher than achievable on average with on premise servers. And there’s also no need to load patches you are always up to date with the latest version.
Research from 2014 by Zynstra and The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) shows that 72% of businesses use infrastructure refresh as an opportunity to refine their IT strategy. Over the past four years, cloud adoption rates have grown by 61.5%, to the point where 78% of businesses have one or more cloud-based service and we’re seeing a rapid uptake in our Sage One Accounts and Payroll software with close to 150% growth in 2014.
Now is a great time for a change to the Cloud. See for yourself with a free 30 day trial of Sage One at http://uk.sageone.com/products/