It’s not too late to migrate!

Are you still holding on to your trusty server? Perhaps it still holds business critical applications and it hasn’t let you down before. We understand how easy it is to keep, ‘what’s good and working’ and a fear of ‘change’, but sometimes this isn’t always the best mindset to have. Although change can be a scary thing, it’s important to understand that it comes with a host of advantages.

Network Professionals are constantly improving the way we work and how to capture more control on our business systems, especially with the generation of today, which poses a higher threat than ever before. It’s essential for any business regardless of size to incorporate the latest server within their network infrastructure, otherwise they are in danger of hidden risks.  

Security Risks:

Security risks possess an immense threat to businesses, especially if they are operating on an outdated system where, the manufacturer no longer actively provides regular software updates and maintenance support. Older network systems are more prone to cyber-attacks and viruses due to obsolete operational features such as this. Hackers thrive from security flaws and target businesses who have weaker network systems. Once a hacker has access to an organisations network, they can take data saved on your device and gain total control over your computer, to manipulate and expose information, as well as damaging employee and customer relationships should they find out their private information has been unprotected or stolen.

Hard Drive:

A hard drive is most likely to suffer severe data loss in the event of a failed server, meaning data recovery attempts become less successful and resulting in loss of productivity.

Time:

With any exhausted technologies come great issues, more specifically, time. The main consequence of having technology issues is loss of organisational efficiency. 

Competition:

Your competitors are always thinking of ways to win your over your customers. They use the power of technology to gain a competitive advantage. A company cannot compete if they are using outdated technology.

Lower IT Flexibility:

Older technology simply cannot meet the same demands as a modern infrastructure. This ultimately restricts a company’s flexibility in many ways, for example, data analysis for better decision making, communication and collaboration, or the development of improved applications.

How will installing a newer server benefit business?

  1. By installing the latest server, business’ will be able to achieve a more reliable and secure infrastructure. With built-in firewall protection, system administrators will have a clearer view on protecting a working network and the ability to prevent unauthorised users from accessing business critical information as well as information manipulation.
  2. It will continue to manage and ensure network health, by keeping servers current and relatable, through regular support updates.
  3. A newer server has better quality technology to handle the risks of data loss, with automatic backup features, allowing businesses to retrieve accidently deleted files and restore all previous versions. This also provides added peace of mind.
  4. With added server efficiency signifies for a better level of business performance.
  5. It allows for data and information to be stored in a central location, enabling better management for business-critical documents. Having this feature saves time when staff need to locate specific information and schedules.
  6. It will enable and accommodate for remote working, anywhere at anytime with access to emails, any internal platforms, shared files etc…
  7. It can help you improve your professional image to customers, with the use of more sophisticated technology.

Windows Server 2008 was intended for a completely different era than the one we live in today. During the last 10 years, cloud, computing, cybersecurity and container technology have become massively important and they all require an updated operating infrastructure. Effective as of 14th January 2020, the end of support for Windows 2008 will come to an end. The risks of not upgrading pose a threat to the stability of your current server as it will no longer be supported and protected, which causes concern for security and added costs.

With the latest Windows 2016/19 range and HPEs ProLiant Gen10 Server, IT can be more secure, easier to manage, and is hybrid cloud-ready.

The upgrading transition doesn’t require any disruption to an organisation’s usual daily activity. With no loss of network or customer connectivity, there is no better time than the present to upgrade.

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