What running Windows Server 2003 will cost you after July 14th 2015

What running Windows Server 2003 will cost you after July 14th 2015

It’s game over for those running Windows Server 2003 after July 14th.

It is critical that all organizations understand the financial risk and impact of running instances of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 in production after July 14th, 2015. That’s when the decade old server operating system goes end of support.

Windows Server 2003 going end of life means no more support. Period.

End of support means Microsoft won’t be issuing any new security patches, like the 37 critical updates they issued in 2013. And despite what some folks think, virtualized servers are still vulnerable to threats.

Organizations who continue to run Windows Server 2003 once it goes EOL will fail compliance audits. This is particularly relevant for organizations who are regulated by HIPAA, PCI, SOX, Dodd-Frank and others.

Are you ready for the financial cost of continuing to support Windows Server 2003?

Softchoice estimates it may cost organizations $200,000 or more per year to cover Windows Server 2003 with extended support in order to remain compliant.

You’re not alone. Softchoice will help.

Engage your Softchoice Account Manager – before it’s too late! Softchoice offers a wide variety of assessment-led solutions that will ensure your transition away from Windows Server 2003 is manageable and affordable.

Have Azure in your EA and not using it? Here’s where to start

Have Azure in your EA and not using it? Here's where to start

Sorry – no carry over. No roll over. No credits applied next time. I’m not talking about your cellphone plan. I’m referring to an unnerving practice of organizations buying Microsoft Azure via their Enterprise Agreement (EA) — but never using it.

For many organizations, the EA is the easiest way to purchase Azure, preferring the upfront commitments and fixed discount rate over the uncertainty of Pay as You Go. And Microsoft recently improved previous incentives, making it even easier to adopt Microsoft Azure though an EA.

All too often those upfront commitments never come to fruition. Call it overly ambitious, poor planning, or perhaps just getting blindsighted by other priorities, but for whatever reason many organizations have Azure consumption credits just sitting in their EA, never being employed.

This is not a small thing either. We’ve seen upwards of $50,000 worth of Azure sitting on the table. All of which is credit you don’t get back when the agreement expires or the contract year ends.

Any move to the cloud is fraught with uncertainty – so it’s never wise to rush into it. That said, there are a number of easy wins – low impact undertakings – that show business value and improve efficiency by leveraging the public cloud.

If you have Azure in your EA and aren’t using it, here are a few ways we’re seeing clients adopt it for the first time.

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Windows Server 2003 End of Support Is Coming – Are you Ready?

Windows Server 2003 End of Support Is Coming - Are you Ready?

On July 14th 2015, a full twelve plus years after it’s initial release, Microsoft will sunset their support for Windows Server 2003 and all of its offspring like R2, Small Business Server, etc. So, what does the Windows Server 2003 End of Support marker represent? And why does it matter?

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