End of Life for Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 1

End of Life for Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008

If your organization relies on systems that are running on Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, and 2008 R2, you still have a little time left to make the necessary upgrades before support and security updates for these software versions cease, making them (and you) unsecure and likely uncompliant with ISO, HIPAA, PCI-DSS, and GDPR standards.

This is because Microsoft is discontinuing its support and security updates for the now “end-of-life” 2008 versions of their server software. This does not mean that they will stop working, or that the licenses you bought are no longer yours to use. It does mean that any new bugs won’t be fixed, and most importantly, they will no longer be protected against new security threats. Not being protected against new threats is where your organization’s security and compliance comes into question. If your and your client’s data are not sufficiently protected, not only will you be more vulnerable to attacks, it will also mean you are not compliant with certain standards and could lose certifications, reputation, and business. Microsoft’s later server software versions, including the recently released Windows Server 2019, are far more superior in functionality and reliability. Even without the discontinuation of support for the 2008 versions, it makes a lot of sense to upgrade to the newest versions.

Microsoft is, however, selling 3 years of Extended Security Updates, albeit for only Enterprise Agreement clients, as well as free updates for clients running their 2008 software on a Microsoft Azure cloud subscription. But for many organizations this is either not an option or is simply delaying the inevitable, which is an upgrade to brand new server software.

Whether you have or require an on-premise solution, secure virtual private cloud servers, or Azure subscriptions, we at Movaci recommend and can assist you with investing in and migrating to new server software (and/or hardware) that will address your short-term security and compliance needs as well as provide you with secure functional infrastructure that your organization can rely on for years to come.

For more information click contact us today!.

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