With the increasing popularity of the cloud for on-premises deployments of key workloads, Microsoft created newer Windows Server options that are cloud-friendly and support new and updated technologies. End-of-life mainstream support for Microsoft’s Windows Server 2008 R2 ended as of January 13, 2015. The current “extended support” position is scheduled to cease January 14, 2020, at which time Microsoft will officially end support and security updates for all three Windows Server 2008 R2 editions (Datacenter, Enterprise, and Standard), including the Hyper-V role.
Microsoft recognizes preparation and strategy are so important for a successful migration. Extended support is intended to give consumers the needed time, and is purposefully limited as to motivate those reluctant to update. Not upgrading puts you in the low-hanging-fruit position for cybercrime. If you’re still using the antiquated platform, consider forward moving options that support optimum security, performance and innovation.
OPTION 1 – Migrate to a Cloud Solution for Always-Current Security, Infrastructure and Applications
- Leverage always-upgraded infrastructure and investments with Smart Host
- Protect your network with preventative, robust, forward-moving security
- Achieve optimum availability, functionality and flexibility
OPTION 2 – Upgrade your On Premise Solution for Performance and Protection
- Upgrade to Windows Server 2016 for greater innovation, built-in security and active support
- Run up-to-date versions of your applications to boost productivity and functionality
- Leverage support professionals for a seamless migration strategy