The Inevitable Progress of Technology
Time is always moving forward, and so the Windows Server 2012 end of support deadline, October 10, 2023, is fast approaching. For many organizations, a significant change is on the horizon. Microsoft is ending its extended support for Windows Server 2012, a version that has been widely used and trusted for many years.
The Implications of End of Support
Once support ends, Microsoft will no longer provide security and product updates for this version. Organizations can choose to continue using the non-supported product. Still, they do so at their own risk, potentially falling out of compliance with industry standards such as GDPR and missing out on further product innovations.
Security Risks and Challenges
The security implications of this change are significant. With the increasing volume of malware and other cyber threats each year, using unsupported softwareContact Us can expose organizations to unnecessary risk. Some may mitigate this risk by enhancing their firewalls, intrusion systems, and other security measures. However, this could lead to overspending and still leave them vulnerable to breaches.
The Impact on Different Sectors
The exact number of businesses, government agencies, schools, and other organizations worldwide that this change will impact is hard to estimate. Microsoft has released several newer versions of the product over the years, so the affected population is smaller than it once was. Many larger enterprises and companies in heavily regulated industries have already upgraded as part of their digital transformation initiatives. However, numerous smaller and mid-market organizations and those in less regulated industries have delayed upgrading.
The Opportunity: Embracing IT Modernization
If your organization is still using Windows Server 2012, we understand the challenges involved in upgrading. However, it’s important to remember that with challenges come opportunities. This situation presents a prime opportunity to embrace IT modernization. The clock is ticking, and the end of support for Windows Server 2012 is approaching. Now is the time to put all the delays and false starts behind you and embark on the road to IT modernization.
Not sure what to do next to protect your organization’s data and network? Contact us, our experts are happy to help you build your Windows Server 2012 transition plan.