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Microsoft Windows Server 2003

Time to Move On: Windows 2003 EOS

Why Not Make it an Educated Move?

by Lane Shelton | 01.23.15

By now everyone should know that Windows Server 2003 is reaching the end of support later this year. Just like the end of Windows XP, the 2003 end of support is a seismic event for Microsoft and their customers. But just how big of an event, well, that remains to be seen. In fact, when we first began talking to our customers about it, we took a very traditional approach: Identify 2003 servers, measure them and figure out how to migrate them to a new OS—whether it was 2008 R2, 2012, or even 2012 R2. Next…find them, remediate them, and replace them, done.

Tags:CiscoData CenterDellHPIntelLenovoMicrosoftMicrosoft Ended SupportMigrationNext-generation serverServersWindows ServerWindows Server 2003Windows Server 2003 EOS

Enabling Your Virtual Environment

Cisco UCS Leverages VDI Methodology for Huge Differentiation

by Josh Feinberg | 01.07.15

Chances are that if your data center looks anything like the typical infrastructure we see on a day to day basis, you may be wasting money. I’d like to apologize if that seems rather straightforward, but it’s the truth. The deployment of virtualized environments facilitated by traditional blade server architectures is a movement that continues to be adopted by more and more companies. Like anything else, the devil is in the details—and the details aren’t being weighed appropriately.

Tags:CiscoDeploymentUCSUnified ComputingVDI Deployment

When It Comes to Data, Planning Is Everything

Can You Survive Downtime?

by Kurt Hildebrand | 12.26.14

A recent article in PC Magazine reported that according to the National Archives & Records Administration, 93% of companies that lost their data center for 10 or more days due to a disaster filed for bankruptcy within one year of the disaster. And 60% of companies that lose their data will shut down within six months of the disaster.

So how can your storage strategy play a key role in keeping you safe? Developing and maintaining a relevant and manageable contingency plan for recovering enterprise information is not a nice-to-have aspect of a storage strategy—it’s a must-have requirement for ensuring the ongoing continuity of your business.

Tags:DataHybrid DrivesStorageStrategy

The Ingredients for a DR-Tuned Storage Strategy

Write Your Recipe for Business Continuity Success

by Kurt Hildebrand | 12.23.14

Planning for disaster recovery (DR) and synchronizing this with your storage strategy can be a major challenge for IT organizations seeking to optimize budgets while ensuring business continuity (BC). Although hardware has become more resilient and virtualization has increased service and application portability, most DR plans still fail to adequately and cost-effectively protect organizations.

Tags:CloudCloud StorageComplianceStorageStrategyTechnologyVirtualization

Microsoft Server 2003 Only Has a Year Left

Is Your Organization Ready for a Data Migration?

by Bill Virtue | 08.19.14

I recently delivered training on Dell’s Migration Manager, specifically targeting Microsoft Exchange and Active Directory, and I’d like to share some tips for a smooth migration. Any migration is no small task for IT, and those who have conducted a migration in the past often shy away from doing it again. That said, Microsoft Server 2003 Datacenter, Enterprise, and Standard Editions will go End of Support (EOS) in July 2015, and many enterprises are still running Microsoft Server 2003. Many of those servers house Active Directory, Domain Controllers, Exchange 2003 Servers, SQL Servers, and more. Those Exchange environments will need to move to a newer platform such as Microsoft Exchange Server 2013. As you know, Exchange and Active Directory are tightly integrated, and migrating both Exchange and Active Directory will be a big challenge for many in the coming months. Read on to find out what you can do to ease the transition. [read more]

Tags:Data CenterDell SonicWALLMicrosoftMigrationServersWindows Server 2003 EOS

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