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Written by Emily Gam
on October 27, 2016

There are now less than 2 months until Christmas! That’s right you have under 2 months to prepare yourself for the onslaught of Christmas shopping and the rotation of different relatives. But Christmas isn’t the only potentially stressful event coming up, if you’re still using Windows Server 2008r2 your time is almost up!

As of the end of this year Microsoft will cease support for Windows Server 2008r2, Microsoft SQL Server 2008r2 and SBS 2011. If you’re still using Windows 7 or Office 2010, you need to upgrade immediately as support for both these products have already stopped.

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 Server 2008r2 (all versions)
  • Small Business Server 2011 (SBS)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008r2

Then the answer is YES!

If you’re using one of these:

  • Windows 7 (all versions)
  • Microsoft Office 2010 (all versions)

Then the answer is YES ABSOLUTLY!

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:

  1. Upgrade to a new server and continue the ongoing upgrade cycle
  2. 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 upgrades. 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 a huge element of risk in your business.

Upgrade to VAULT

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