If your business is still running Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Exchange 2010 on any servers, laptops or PCs, it’s time to start planning to upgrade.
After January 14th, 2020, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 & 2008 R2, Exchange 2010, and Windows SBS 2011, will no longer be supported by Microsoft. So what Does end of support really mean?
After that date, any devices still running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008/R2 will be at risk for new cyber-attacks as Microsoft will no longer release critical security updates or patches for products after their end of support dates leaving you vulnerable to the latest security threats (i.e. hackers, ransomware, viruses). Additionally, as support ends, your organization may fail to meet compliance standards and industry regulations if the software is operating pass the end of support date.
If you haven’t already begun, taking the time to prepare and plan any necessary upgrades now will ensure you’re not in a crunch come January 2020.
Once you’ve identified any servers and PCs that will require a software upgrade, you’ll need to consider whether the hardware must be upgraded, as well. In some cases, older servers and PCs are not compatible with the new software and will need to be replaced (or migrated to the cloud).
Also important to consider is your company’s PC/laptop lifecycle. For example, a Windows 10 upgrade license will cost roughly $200/machine (plus the labor to install it). If you typically replace employee devices every four years, replacing a 3-year-old laptop rather than just upgrading the software may be more cost-effective in the long run.
Unless you’re in the IT business, you likely don’t spend your days planning major software upgrades. It’s our job as an IT partner to do just that.
Our consultants have worked with 100’s of companies to ensure their software upgrades go smoothly – with zero downtime and no security risks left unaddressed. We’re here to do the same for your business. Contact us to schedule an upgrade evaluation – our team will review your environment, identify potential cost savings, and provide a comprehensive upgrade plan with clear recommendations