Microsoft Ends Support for Windows Server 2003
After today, the long-lived server operating system will no longer receive updates. Microsoft urges dawdlers to migrate before their data is placed at risk.The day has come. Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 has reached its end-of-life today, July 14. Essentially, businesses still running the operating system are left to fend for themselves against undiscovered vulnerabilities and threats to their data, unless they spend a considerable amount of money to contract with the Redmond, Wash., software giant for custom support services. "It's hard to believe that, after 12 great years, Windows Server 2003 extended support ends today," wrote Microsoft's Server and Cloud Platform team in a reminder posted to the company's Server and Cloud Blog. "Over the last year, many customers have prepared and planned their migrations and have migrated to a modern infrastructure." Companies that have somehow missed Microsoft's yearlong outreach effort now face an uncertain data security landscape. Some may even learn that their systems have fallen out of compliance, endangering their ability to legally conduct business, warned Microsoft. "If you are still running Windows Server 2003 in your datacenter after today, you could face security risks and potential compliance violations," cautioned the company. "If you have not yet begun your migration, we encourage you to do so, not only to protect your servers with continued security updates and patches from Microsoft, but to gain efficiencies across your business, reduce the burden on your IT and leverage modern cloud technologies and applications to boost agility."
Nick East, CEO of Zynstra, a provider of hybrid cloud appliances, echoed the sentiment. "The Windows Server 2003 end-of-support deadline presents an opportunity for organizations to refine their IT strategy," he told eWEEK in an email statement.