The planned withdrawal of technical support for Windows Server 2003 after
The announcement by
Being one of the most successful applications of
Applications used by operators in the oil and gas industry, financial institutions, government ministries and parastatals, including the public and private sectors of the economy, run on Windows Server 2003. The implication is that as soon as
Fear of the enormous loss is beginning to unsettle business owners and organisations and they are looking for technology solutions that will help them upgrade and seamlessly migrate their application data from WS2003 to the higher versions like Windows Server 2008 (WS2008) and Windows Server 2012 (WS2012).
Aware of the concerns and the need for business sustainability and continuity,
The solution could also seamlessly migrate all applications sitting on WS2003 to either WS 2008 or WS 2012, without interrupting business continuity during the period of upgrade and migration. Chief Executive Officer & Principal Consultant of Wragby Business Solutions, Mr.
According to him, Wragby Business Solution has joined the AppZero Partner Programme as a Gold Partner for
About Windows Server 2003 Windows Server 2003 is a server operating system developed by
Windows Server 2003 brought in enhanced active directory compatibility, and better deployment support, to ease the transition from Windows NT 4.0 to Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP Professional.
Windows Server 2003 was also the first operating system released by
It comes in a number of editions, each targeted towards a particular size and type of business. In general, all variants of Windows Server 2003 have the ability to share files and printers, act as an application server, and host message queues, provide email services, authenticate users, act as an X.509 certificate server, provide directory services, serve streaming media, and performs other server-oriented functions.
Official end-of-support According to information from
What that means is that any future attacks aimed at vulnerable components on those platforms won't be patched.
Industry experts estimate that there are more than 10 million devices still running WS2003 that are soon-to-be stranded. Experts in the industry reasoned that to run a secure IT infrastructure and increasingly meet the legal and regulatory requirements of many jurisdictions, adequate resources must be provided for the monitoring and shielding of servers running server 2003. They also said separating the data and applications from the operating system is necessary so as to let go the server."
Business implications According to Iluyemi, withdrawal of support by
"Lack of compliance poses a big threat to local financial services partnership with global payment platforms like VISA,
Iluyemi said no serious minded organisation will want to risk their businesses by running applications on unsupported WS2003 platform. He therefore called on organisations not to make haste to upgrade and migrate from WS2003, using the recommended solution by
Judging the exact impact of Windows Server 2003's end of life by 2015, technology research analyst,
He believes that the installed base for Windows Server 2003 is sizable, and will put businesses and organisations at serious risk to contend with if the situation is not addressed fast.
"This means that no further patches or security updates will be available from
The need for upgrade Speaking on the need for upgrade and migration from WS2003 to either WS2008 or
He explained that upgrade became necessary for every OS because of changes and development that have led to the introduction of new innovations to technology.
"As new technology evolves, there is need to also upgrade an existing technology solution in order to meet up with new technologies," he said.
According to him, there is always an end of life for every applications and most times the period could be extended. The lifespan is not more than 10 years, and when the lifespan of any product is gone,
That is why we are talking about Windows Server 2003 that has been in existence for over a decade and has exhausted its lifespan.
Before now, the rate of data hacking is not as sophisticated as what it is today and there are new innovations like cloud computing, smartphones, data increase and different applications and several other innovations and these have led to upgrade of applications in order to meet the demands of today's technology space.
Wragby business solution According to Iluyemi, Wragby Business Solutions is a cutting edge end-to-end business technology services and solutions that empower customers to fully optimise day-to-day operational tasks by providing best-in-class business and technology solutions to enhance productivity, reduce risk, and further control costs. Explaining how Wragby will successfully deploy the solution, Iluyemi said the company would first carryout technical assessment to find out the exact type of applications that the organisation has that are sitting on Windows Server 2003. "The number of applications, the versions they are running, and frequency of users, are some of the things we will look at before talking about migrating from WS2003 to WS2008 and WS2012. We believe that proper planning and assessment will determine what the organisation has that are sitting on Windows 2003," he said.
He explained that AppZero is an Information Technology company with a very unique solution for seamless migration and that Wragby has partnered AppZero and gotten training and skills from them to help organisations migrate from Windows Sever 2003 to the next upgradable level. "We want to use the opportunity to bring Wragby solution to organisations in
Duration of upgrade/migration
"There is no fixed time for a successful migration. It all depends on the number of applications that the organisation has. The more the application data, the more time it takes to complete the migration,"Oyenuga said.
He explained that some organisations have up to 50 applications running on a single server and that they have several of the servers in the organisation, and that the first thing to do is to assess the servers in order to establish the technical footprint. "We look at the technical footprint, take risk assessment and then consider the number of servers and the number of applications running on the servers, as well as the versions of the applications. If all these are ascertained, we will then consider compatibility with the new platform. So to seamlessly migrate, the time of migration depends on the volume of data and the number of servers of the organisation. When all these have been considered, the next step will be the deployment and migration stage," he said.
Oyenuga called on organisations to begin to plan towards upgrade and migration from WS2003 to either WS2008 or WS2012, irrespective of the organisations' budget and policy.
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