Upgrading Windows Server 2003 to 2012 – Building the Business Case

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 will reach its end-of-life by July 2015, these servers will no longer be receiving security updates, leaving critical business systems vulnerable to attacks. The server operating system has run for many years, many customers have Windows Server 2003 in production today, and some will continue to do so until end-of life for different reasons. If you are still running Windows Server 2003, now is the time to consider your options. The place to start is to develop a business case around operating system upgrades. A project of this scope requires many resources and will take some planning.

Some common concerns will reverberate through the organization. For example: IT will be concerned about the process:

  • Do I need to touch every server in the company?
  • How do we handle servers in the branch office?

At the top of the company, the CIO/CFO will be concerned about time and cost:

  • Do we have to migrate now?
  • How much hardware will we need to replace or upgrade?
  • How do we keep end users productive during and after the migration?

As you can imagine there will be lots of questions. And, indeed, a server upgrade project contains pain points and is a challenge across the whole organization. In the end, the decision to upgrade rests on one question: How will Windows Server 2012 improve productivity and positively influence your company’s bottom line? Windows Server 2003 is a 10-year-old technology. Microsoft has made substantial improvements over the years to help businesses compete in today’s complex enterprise environments (application virtualization and App V to name a few). Outdated servers open datacenters to higher security risks, inefficiency and increased maintenance cost. Upgrading to Windows Server 2012 enables organizations to modernize and standardize IT infrastructure.

Results can include:

  • Reduced operational costs and increased efficiencies
  • Improved employee productivity
  • Ability to be cloud-ready
  • Increased business agility and ability to scale to accommodate business growth
  • Improved system availability
  • Ability to implement cost-effective backup and disaster recovery solutions

Better performance means less time waiting for the system to respond, resulting in more output in a given amount of time. Better reliability means less downtime due to problems and crashes, both increasing productivity and reducing administrative and tech support overhead. The key to making the business case for switching to Windows Server 2012 lies in:

  • Demonstrating how the new OS can be more easily managed and thus make IT’s job easier and reduce operating expenses
  • Showing how new OS reliability and security features can result in less downtime and save the company money

Upgrading to Windows Server 2012 is the kind of project that keeps IT managers awake at night. Why? It requires migrating hundreds and maybe even thousands of server applications and enterprise software. With so many applications and so much diversity, there’s no doubt that application compatibility issues will arise. AdminStudio Suite helps customers to upgrade server operating systems and streamline ongoing maintenance to ensure compatibility.

For more information watch the on-demand webinar: Say Goodbye to Windows Server 2003

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