Windows Server 2003 Support End of Support 14 July 2015

Is your business ready for Windows Server 2003 end of support?  HP’s UK and Ireland Country Manager for servers estimates that at least 30 per cent of the UK market has yet to migrate and upgrade despite Microsoft announcing that Windows Server 2003 end of support is looming on 14th July 2015.

As of January there were an estimate 400,000 Windows Server 2003 boxes that potentially need upgrading and Microsoft has warned there are “significant security risks” to staying on Server 2003.

For those customers that have servers which require extended support for Windows Server 2003 from Microsoft, they can couple that with an extended hardware warranty from Warranty World to ensure that their business is protected from server hardware failure.

Just as what happened with Windows XP in April 2014, Microsoft will cease to support the ageing server operating system from 14 July.  That means no more security updates, leaving businesses vulnerable to security issues on their business networks.    

According to reports on the The Register, Microsoft will be officially charging customers at least $600 per server to obtain those crucial security updates.   It’s expected the fee will double each year afterwards.