If you’re currently running Windows Server 2008r2, Microsoft SQL Server 2008r2, or SBS 2011, I have some bad news. As of December 2016 Microsoft will be ending their mainstream support for this software, this means no more updates or fixes.
If you’re running Windows 7 or Office 2010, I have some even worse news; support has already ended for these products. That’s right, if you’re using either Windows 7 or Office 2010 in your business you could be leaving yourself open to some massive risks.
Not only does using obsolete technology stop you from receiving the latest updates, it means other vendors can’t support their software that you are running on old technology. For example, MYOB won’t offer support if you’re running their software on Windows Server 2008r2 as they can’t guarantee their updates will be compatible.
Using old technology opens up your business to massive risks, either from security holes that aren’t being fixed, or the risk of software crashing and losing data because of incompatibility. It also means your business isn’t utilising the best technology and staff may be struggling to use slow and frustrating software that is sapping productivity and causing mistakes. Technology should allow your business to become more efficient and make processes easier, not slow everything down and cause massive headaches.
Do I need to upgrade?
If you’re using any of these in your business:
- Windows 7 (all versions)
- Microsoft Office 2010 (all versions)
- Windows Server 2008r2 (all versions)
- Small Business Server 2011 (SBS)
- Microsoft SQL Server 2008r2
Then the answer is YES!
If you’re not sure what your business is using, it might be a good idea to have an IT audit completed. This will allow you to see where your business may be vulnerable and where improvements could be made.
What are my options?
There are basically two options if you’re running anything from the list above:
- Upgrade to a new server and continue the ongoing upgrade cycle
- Move to a Cloud platform that will manage all future upgrades
Moving to a new server and installing the latest software will solve your problem in the short term, although there will come a time in the next couple of years where you are faced with the exact same problem.
Moving to a Cloud platform like VAULT, will mean that all upgrades are taken care of externally. This means you continue to get the latest technologies without having to waste time every few years on an upgrade. All updates are taken care of outside of business hours so there is no downtime and IT support is 24/7.
It’s important to keep up to date with end of support lifecycles, and your technology in general. Not upgrading doesn’t just mean you don’t have the latest shiny toy, it could be creating an element of risk in your business and killing productivity.