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Monday, 14 July 2014 16:53

The end of support for Windows Server 2003 will push more businesses to the cloud

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The Cloud Industry Forum finds over half of UK users of Windows Server 2003 are considering a move to the cloud for their new IT infrastructure.

Businesses have precisely one year (until the 15 July 2015 to be exact) before Microsoft stops all support on its Windows Server 2003 product and it’s coming up to the end of life for Windows Server 2003 and a number of other well used Microsoft business products, including Storage Server 2008, Dynamics C5 2010, NAV 2009 and NAV 2009 R2.

This mass redundancy is apparently going to spur a new wave of opportunity for cloud services according to results from the annual Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) report into cloud adoption. The survey shows a staggering 53% of small to medium sized businesses (SMBs) are currently running a Windows Server 2003 operating system and found that for 69% of SMBs, infrastructure refresh is seen as a key consideration in adoption of cloud.

Whilst cloud adoption amongst SMBs has risen to 75%, the research found that a hybrid model of cloud services mixed with on-premise IT has become the preference. 86% of SMB respondents don’t currently use an entirely cloud-based IT strategy and 47% claimed to only be using one cloud based service at present.

“SMBs are clearly already favouring a hybrid approach. Our view is that 9 out of 10 companies will continue to invest in on-premise IT alongside and integrated with remote cloud solutions” said Nick East, CEO of Zynstra, adding “Businesses can use the opportunity of infrastructure refresh to deliver better value from their IT estate. Those with Windows 2003 server still running should act soon to ensure a smooth transition before support ends.”

Next year also sees mainstream support end on January 13, 2015 for all versions of Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 and all editions of Windows Storage Server 2008. Additionally mainstream support for Dynamics C5 2010, NAV 2009 and NAV 2009 R2 ends on January 13, 2015, although actual support will continue past these dates.

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