Server 2003 End Of Life

Why now?

End of support for Windows Server 2003/R2 is coming on July 14th, 2015. Transforming your datacenter presents an opportunity to stay in compliance with current standards and ensure the proper level of security is maintained. It is also a chance to innovate not just your datacenter, but the applications that are critical to your business success.

What end of support means

On July 14, 2015, Microsoft will completely end support for Windows Server 2003/R2. The table below explains what end of support means for customers.

No compliance

Lack of compliance with various standards and regulations can be devastating. This may include various regulatory and industry standards for which compliance can no longer be achieved. For example, lack of compliance with Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards could mean that companies such as Visa and MasterCard will no longer do business with your organization. Or, the new cost of doing business will include paying catastrophic penalties and astronomically high transaction fees.

No updates

37 critical updates were released in 2013 for Windows Server 2003/R2 under extended support. No updates will be developed or released after end of support. Imagine what impact zero updates will have on your infrastructure.

No safe haven

All servers running Windows Server 2003/R2 are affected. Both virtualized and physical instances of Windows Server 2003/R2 are vulnerable and would not pass a compliance audit. Many applications will also cease to be supported, once the operating system they are running on is unsupported. This includes all Microsoft applications.

No savings

Staying put will cost more in the end. For example, a Custom Support Agreement (CSA) requires an application and has a high minimum entry cost. The cost doubles each year. Maintenance costs for aging hardware will also increase, and customers will face added costs for intrusion detection systems, more advanced firewalls, network segmentation, and other security measures—all simply to isolate Windows Server 2003/R2 servers.


Transformation plans

Upgrading your aging servers and operating systems helps mitigate compliance risks, reduce costs, and provide significant benefits that can outweigh the costs of upgrading.  Organizations have the option of continuing with a physical server configuration or take advantage of the Microsoft Azure platform to bring your business into the cloud.  We can disucss the pros and cons of both to find the solution that works best for you!



Next steps

Our commitment is simple—to help your organization modernize its environment and experience a whole new level of business value. Take the next step to explore the options and assess what manner of transformation your organization needs.

Acting now

End of support will affect all Windows Server 2003/R2 servers. While there will always be hesitation when it comes to undertaking a datacenter transformation, the reality is that moving forward will require organizations to overcome any perceived obstacles because transforming the datacenter is essential to future success.  

Contact Enix!

For more information, plase contact our office at 1-877-664-ENIX today.  


Contact Info
Enix Networks, LLC

Email: Send Inquiry

Phone Numbers:
Phone: 727-490-5919

M-F: 8am to 6pm

Mailing Address:
100 Corey Avenue
St. Pete Beach FL 33706