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Microsoft Is Ending The Life of Many Flagship Products
Microsoft announced this year that they are ending the support for many great products, including Windows Server 2008. Why is the retirement of Windows Server 2008 a big deal?
Why Should Your Clients Move to The Cloud?
You may have heard the news about Microsoft ending support on their most popular desktop version of Windows since Windows XP. As of January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer be supporting Windows 7.
But did you know that many other technologies are being retired as well?
Microsoft announced this year that they are ending the support for many great products, including Windows Server 2008. Why is the retirement of Windows Server 2008 a big deal? We’ll dig deeper into this news and what your clients can do now.
How The Cloud Can Help
Windows Server 2008 is one of Microsoft’s most popular server operating systems, released before the Cloud made its huge impact in day-to-day business. Windows Server 2008 has been used by organizations large and small globally, and there are still many organizations still employing this technology.
With this news from Microsoft, there has never been a better time to consider moving your clients’ critical server infrastructure to the Cloud. Why?
Data Security. First off, there’s the obvious security of data argument. Cloud-hosted servers offer additional layers of security over on-premise server installations. When your clients host their server infrastructures in the Cloud, they’ll have multiple layers of both physical and cybersecurity protecting their data and technologies.
Cost Savings. The second important reason to move your clients’ IT and server infrastructures to the Cloud is the long-term cost savings. The cost of maintaining legacy and aging IT infrastructure is significant. Technology, as it gets older, just like that classic car sitting in your garage, needs constant care and attention. Staffing and hardware costs quickly skyrocket, potentially getting out of control.
No Maintenance Worries. When your clients move their infrastructures to the Cloud, besides having the best in new technology, their cloud service provider assumes the responsibility of maintaining all the equipment, security services and manpower. They just pay a low monthly service fee, eliminating many of the headaches associated with having all this technology in the server room down the hall.
What Else To Tell Your Clients
They should move from Windows 7 To 10. Your clients who are still running Windows 7 need to consider upgrading to Windows 10 or another solution for their desktop computers. Although their computers running Windows 7 will continue to run after the January 14, 2020 date, they need to be aware of some of the challenges facing computer systems running Windows 7 if they elect not to upgrade.
Not upgrading is not a good idea. Some of their day-to-day applications may no longer be supported by software vendors. This includes accounting software, CRM solutions and other line of business applications. Plus, some hardware devices such as printers and scanners may no longer be supported by their manufacturers on Windows 7.
Hackers and scammers are planning for the retirement of Windows 7 as well. Hackers and scammers know about all the system vulnerabilities and may have already planted their seeds to take advantage of vulnerabilities in Windows 7.
The Cloud can play an important role here too. Cloud virtualized desktops are a great way to keep your clients’ systems safe and secure.Virtualizing your clients’ desktops in the Cloud allows them to take advantage of the latest technologies; this includes Windows 10 and cloud virtualized desktops that are less susceptible to viruses and other malicious software. Plus, with a virtualized desktop, they now have the freedom to work anywhere from any device. They’re no longer chained to their desks. Imagine the freedom.
There are major benefits of using the Cloud. As you know, the list of benefits is extensive. But here are a few features that most can benefit from:
Anywhere/Anytime Access To Computing Resources: One of the major benefits is the ability of your clients to always have access to their data and applications regardless of where they are as long as they have an internet connection.
No IT Worries: Explain how using the Cloud will allow you to manage and monitor their IT network to ensure reliability and security. This will give them the peace of mind and the time to focus on what they need to do to grow their business.
Reduced Need For Capital Expenditures: Using the Cloud means no upfront expenditures for software and services. They’ll move from capital expenditures to an affordable monthly pay-as-you-go service.
Flexibility and Scalability: Explain how they can spin up or cut back on cloud services as busy times fluctuate. They can meet seasonal demands without purchasing software and hardware. And they won’t have to spend money on hardware and software they no longer need in slow times. The Cloud provides the flexibility and scalability that many businesses require.
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