In 3 Weeks Windows Server 2003 Ends Support

Organizations have to modernize their business with Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure

Microsoft will end support for Windows Server 2003 operating system on July 14, 2015. At the 100-day mark for end of support, CIOs have an opportunity to modernize their business with Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure for improved productivity and operational efficiency. As businesses deal with the demands of the mobile workplace – multiple devices, increasing number of new applications, increasing need for collaboration and more, IT leaders need to prioritize investing in a cloud –optimized infrastructure over keeping the lights on with old technology. Consolidation, flat IT budgets, and increasing demand for data are further driving the move.

Tyler Bryson, General Manager – Marketing and Operations, Microsoft said, “With only 100 days remaining for the end of support for Windows Server 2003, it’s time for businesses to accelerate their migration plans. In the mobile-first, cloud-first world, running enterprises on unsupported platforms will not only have cost and security implications, but will also cause enterprises to fall behind on the innovation curve. We urge all businesses to transition to Windows Server 2012 R2 or Microsoft Azure to reduce risks, embrace the latest in platform technology and modernize their infrastructure. Along with our partners, we are committed to help customers to move to modern Microsoft platforms.”

As CIOs in India prepare for this migration, a research by IDC commissioned by Microsoft in Asia highlights that companies that upgraded to Windows Server 2012 R2 witnessed increased productivity and automation, enabling IT to reduce man-hours to run IT infrastructure by 20 – 30 hours per month. The business benefits of migrating to Microsoft Azure and Windows Server 2012 R2 go beyond merely securing the business from threats. By helping enterprises store data on a cloud platform and interpret it better, Azure enables them to gain a competitive edge in the market. The hybrid cloud approach gives customers options as never before for running workloads either in their own datacenters, or in a service provider’s cloud, or in the Microsoft cloud.

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