Released to manufacturing on February 4 2008, Windows Server 2008 is a server operating system produced by Microsoft. The software, being the successor of Windows Server 2003, reached general availability about five years later, i.e. on February 27, 2008. Bill Gates, the Chairman of Microsoft officially announced the title of “Windows Server 2008” which was initially known by the Windows Server Codename “Longhorn”, during his keynote address at WinHEC May 16 2007.

Windows 2008 logo with end of life details

The support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will end on January 14, 2020. After it ends, all your regular security updates will come to an end. End of support means that Microsoft will no longer provide any automatic fixes, updates or online technical assistance. As a result, your infrastructure and applications will stay unprotected. 2020 might seem like a long time, but updating the company’s IT infrastructure can be a tedious task. Therefore you’ll need help in migrating your current versions for achieving greater security, performance & innovation.

There are a lot of ways in which your company can update your IT infrastructure. However, this process needs to begin as soon as possible so that the process goes smoothly without any interruptions in the functions or operations of the business. There are two ways in which you can manage your company’s servers – online & physical.

 

Consider the following factors while moving the company data from Windows Server 2008 into either type of servers:

 

Data Security:

Upgrading your physical servers can be expensive. You need to update a lot of components that will improve the existing IT infrastructure. Securing this infrastructure can be costly, as you require a lot of security to safeguard this setup. On the other hand, securing Cloud Servers can be easy and cheaper. As the storage of the entire data is on a cloud, there is no need to update any Physical Infrastructure. This helps the company to cut down the cost to a greater extent.

Data Mobility:

Carrying data stored in Physical Infrastructure can be a difficult task as one needs to create space solely for storing and transmitting this data. However, this is not a very safe and secure method of carrying your information on the go.
However, this is not the case with data stored on the cloud. Such data can be accessed easily, regardless of the location without compromising on the security. The only thing required to access the data is an Internet connection.

Storage and Backup:

Transferring the data into the Physical Infrastructure needs to be done by a human being and is prone to human errors. The risk of missing out data, or storing the wrong data always prevails and the method is not foolproof. Also, in case of loss of data, retrieving the entire data is a difficult job. In Physical Data Storage, the individual has to take the backup personally. This creates chances of variations in the backups.

On the other hand, transferring data to cloud storage is an automated process and is foolproof. There are no risks of out or errors by humans in cloud storage. Also, the cloud relies on multiple servers, which enables on-demand recovery in case of any data loss. The reason behind this is that the data is duplicated over two or more servers for secure backup and better safety.

 

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Planning

 

Both physical, as well as cloud storages, come with their own set of positives and negatives. However, in this age of Digitalisation, Cloud Servers have the upper hand due to better accessibility, storage, scalability and portability. Therefore, you need to start planning about moving your data right to stay tension free as the Windows Server 2008 ends in 2020.

We at OpenMinds have been helping businesses move their data into Cloud Servers and making their businesses function smoothly and efficiently for years. If you wish to know more about how you can shift your data to a cloud or upgrade your Cloud Servers, get in touch with us today by clicking here.

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