Microsoft will end support for Windows Server 2003/R2 on 14 July 2015. For some this is purely another headline in another tech mag, for others this means a great deal of work.
We explore the issues and questions you should be asking either your IT team or your IT provider; And provide some options and an overview of how we like to do things.
- How will my workload and applications be impacted?
- How do I keep my firmware and drivers up-to-date?
- What options do I have?
- What is the fastest, most risk-free way to move to Windows Server 2012?
- How do I make sure the entire infrastructure is supported?
- How can I optimize the performance and cost of my Windows Server 2012 environment?
- Does my in-house IT have the skills and knowledge needed to:
- Safely migrate my WS 2003 environment?
- Cost effectively assess, transform and migrate my WS 2003 environment
- How will my business remain competitive without support?
- How will we maintain a high-quality customer experience?
- How will we continue to acquire and retain customers with an unsupported OS?
- Windows updates – including security updates – will no longer be available
- Regulatory issues such as FDA that require platform certification
- High cost custom support agreements (CSAs) first year est. £200K+
- Existing physical hardware may be 5-7 years old, expensive to maintain
- Must transform infrastructure and applications
- No direct upgrade path to Windows 2012
- Incompatible with modern IT infrastructure and management tools
Activities: Collect Application and Server Data – Determine migration readiness
Activities: Define optimal workload placement
strategy outlining the optimum target platforms for the apps, scope and work it will take complete the migration.
Activities: Develop migration strategy
Activities: Migrate applications & infrastructure servers – Baseline test – Integration testing – User Acceptance testing – Production Deployment Planning
Activities: Deploy applications – Implement operational
Migrate your Windows Server 2003 hardware to the cloud now with…
HP Helion Managed Cloud
What is it?
- 100% dedicated, managed, complete IaaS solution (compute, storage, network, backup, security, facilities, portal, operations)
- Choose from running in an HP, 3rd party, or your data center
- Standard, base (and scale-out) infrastructure and service options
- Consumption-based service configured to meet your needs
- Standard self-service Customer Portal supports multi-tenancy
- Complete “system-level” SLA for enterprise-class applications
What makes it different?
- Purpose-built, pre-integrated solution using market leading HP hardware, software and services
- Provides greater levels of security options, data placement preferences, and support locations
- 1000s of experienced cloud consultants and IT experts with 1000+ CloudSystem implementations and nearly 200 Managed cloud clients
- 50 years of experience managing complex IT systems and 1000s of IT transformations
- Manage 350,000 servers globally (including 140,000 virtual servers) for 100s of enterprise clients
- Service delivered from award-winning HP Data Centers globally
Reasons for moving your existing infrastructure to the cloud
Cloud computing compliments traditional IT