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Why You Still Need an IT Company Who Can Take Care of Windows Servers

There are mixed reactions on this topic, but the fact remains that if you are running a Windows-powered server, you need to take care that you have those who can handle the management of it properly. Why? Because an IT company who can take care of Windows Servers is also taking care of your livelihood, your bottom line, and you and your staff.

Would you step into an old-but-still-functioning lift that is no longer getting maintenance support from its manufacturer? That’s the question that CIOs should also ask themselves when looking at IT inventory that is obsolete but still working.

Microsoft officially ended its extended support for Windows Server 2003 in July 2015. What this means is that Microsoft stopped providing patches to fix security vulnerabilities or newly discovered defects in the code, much like Windows XP when its extended support ended in April of 2015.

What’s different though, is that while those upgrading from Windows XP had to deal with application migration challenges, migrating from Windows Server 2003 is typically a much longer, planned and complex process.

Which begs the question that many CIOs and data center managers are asking themselves: Why migrate from Windows Server 2003 if the current servers work just fine? Why incur the extra cost, spend precious manhours and risk possible downtime (of the system) to upgrade something that serves the organization well?

Not surprisingly, many CIOs that we speak within Western New York still running Windows Server 2003 continue to work with the notion that they are immune to security risks and compliance issues. Most of them are also confident that the data and applications that sit on these servers can still serve the mobile-first and cloud-first world that we live in today. In fact, many business leaders believe they can save money by not investing to upgrade their servers.

This way of thinking should be weighed very carefully, and mediated by a Buffalo IT company like ours.

To wit, an average migration for Windows Server takes about 200 days to complete. Can your in-house IT staff handle that, plus daily server monitoring tasks, plus all the other contingencies that arise on any given day?

Isn’t it time to let Buffalo Computer Help handle all your Windows Server monitoring, migrations, and maintenance?

Convinced we’re the Buffalo IT company to get the job done right? Call us now at (716) 206-3200 or email us at info@buffalocomputerhelp.com to get started right away with security monitoring for Windows Servers, and all the right IT services for your ongoing IT-aligned business growth!

What Are Windows Servers?

A series of server operating systems developed by Microsoft Corporation, Windows servers are more powerful versions of their desktop operating system counterparts and are designed to more efficiently handle corporate networking, Internet/intranet hosting, databases, enterprise-scale messaging and similar functions.

The Windows Server name made its debut with the release of Windows Server 2003 and continues with the current release, Windows Server 2016, which shares its codebase with Windows 10.

If you are still running Windows Server 2003, 2008, or 2012 – we can help you stay secure and on top of things while you upgrade, migrate, or otherwise. Our prevention of computer network security adversities and Microsoft support on multiple MS platforms and for various Windows Servers makes us the go-to choice for server monitoring in Buffalo and Western NY!

Why Not Upgrade Your Windows Server?

Before Microsoft withdrew its Windows Server 2003 support, businesses had more than a year to upgrade their servers, but many still didn’t. Why was this, exactly?

The real reason is likely that Windows Server 2003 was, and still is, good enough for many companies. When you have a server that’s perfectly serviceable and meets all your requirements, why would you want to go through the hassle of an upgrade? This is an attitude that persists in the business world. Why fix it if it is not broken?

Microsoft was at the top of its game when they produced this server, and it’s a fantastic product. Windows Server 2003 R2 allowed businesses to cut costs, and this explains the lack of motivation to upgrade.

Another reason why some businesses are hesitant to take the leap could be the widespread usage of 32-bit applications. It’s not easy to upgrade these apps, and businesses are unwilling to risk changing architectures. For example, in various production and manufacturing companies, special software is used that doesn’t always have an upgrade. These systems are limited by their external dependencies and their software.

Familiarity is reason #3. When you know all the ins and outs, the cost of running a particular system drops drastically. Shifting to a newer platform seems like a chore, and you’re better off exhausting all your other options before you give migration a thought. Moreover, some companies don’t rely on technology as much as Microsoft would like. For them, upgrading to a more recent version of Windows Server seems unnecessary.

Ironically, the organizations most likely to keep running Server 2003 post end of life and support date are also the ones at most risk. Why? Because these firms are under regulatory compliance limitations. A large number of these companies have proprietary and internal apps built to run specifically on Windows Server 2003. They simply can’t migrate away from the current operating system.

Indeed, while upgrading to Windows Server 2016 is not a requirement per se, businesses and various IT fields using recent versions of Windows Server will see several instant benefits to upgrading, including enhanced security, virtualization/containerization, and management of identity and storage.

And yet, ZDNet contributing writer Ken Hess noted that, according to a November 2015 Spiceworks survey, “…almost half of IT pros state that they have no plans to adopt it or that they don’t know if they will adopt it or not.”

(Source credit: TechGenix.com, TechRepublic.com)

Enter, then, what Buffalo Computer Help can do for those of you who are understandably unwilling to upgrade your Windows Servers.

Why You Need a More Qualified IT Provider for the Job

With one look at the IT industry outlook for 2017 from CompTIA, you’ll know the score – if you don’t have quality IT consultants (and for many companies, managed IT services that can provide continuous server maintenance and monitoring) in your corner, you’re risking everything from a compliance violation to catastrophic data center downtime to an unrecoverable cyber breach!

And, by then it’s generally too late to call upon an IT service provider in Buffalo like us for help staying secure, compliant, and cyberattack-free.

You can wait until disaster strikes, of course, but it’s much, much easier and better to give us a call ahead of disaster and establish secure server measures that preclude such eventualities.

Because you simply have too much at stake.

Why not save yourself time and money and upgrade your IT services now?

Our Windows Server Monitoring Speeds Your Business IT Success!

Buffalo Computer Help is leading IT service providers in Buffalo by working for smaller business enterprises who want to optimize their computer-networking productivity and get enterprise-level rewards on a small-business budget.

Contact us now at (716) 206-3200 or email us at info@buffalocomputerhelp.com for more information on how to get started right away with the maintenance and monitoring of Windows Servers in Buffalo that will safely optimize your business IT growth and productivity!

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