As cloud adoption continues to accelerate, it appears that every company is moving at least some of its business-critical workloads from on-premises servers up into the ether. Use of public (or hybrid public-private) cloud infrastructure offers myriad benefits, but not every business is ready to take what for many seems like a leap of faith. For some, regulatory or governance considerations are keeping servers and storage on site; for others there’s a lack of clarity about the advantages that cloud migration really offers.
Many organizations that have not begun adopting cloud infrastructure are facing a major challenge: the imminent end of support for Windows Server 2003
, the decade-old OS that still powers millions of servers both here and worldwide. After July 14, 2015, any vulnerability in Windows Server 2003 that is uncovered by hackers will not be patched; support for new applications and utilities will not be addressed and applications and data running on those servers will be operating under risk of imminent failure or data loss. In a nutshell, businesses that don’t consider migration are really gambling with their data.