What does this mean?

Microsoft products typically have two different levels of support: full support and extended support.

Full support means that Microsoft develop and publish feature updates as well as security updates. Extended support means that the feature updates have been dropped, but security updates are still being developed and published. When a product leaves extended support, like Windows 2008 Server will in 2020, there are no updates at all.

How does this affect me?

If you or your customers have a Windows 2008 server, you will still be able to use your server, even after it has left extended support, however, the lack of security updates could leave you vulnerable to cyberattacks.

Patching is a key aspect of the security updates and essentially fixes ‘holes’ or errors in the software. Unpatched software can be taken advantage of by viruses with a range of different outcomes: it could, amongst other things, access and record your data without you knowing, encrypt the server’s data for blackmailing purposes, or delete or corrupt your data.

If you have any customers that are using a 2008 or 2003 Windows server – now is a great time to think about future-proofing this infrastructure by moving to virtual servers.

Time to move to virtual infrastructures?

Virtual Servers are a great option for many businesses and address many of the issues on-premise servers present.

The most obvious benefit of a Virtual Server is the payment model. Cloud based products and services work on a per monthly payment model. Rather than making margin on hardware upfront and hitting customers with a large bill, you can offer them the option to pay via a manageable monthly fee instead. This frees up cash flow for them and makes it an easier sale and more accessible to a wider variety of customers.

Cloud infrastructures are sticky and can essentially last a lifetime. Downtime is the responsibility of the data centre meaning less work for recurring revenue. Further to this, any physical updates (physical disk replacement etc.) will not affect virtual servers performance, it will continue regardless. This means that the downtime and the cost implications for your customers associated with updating physical servers is not an issue with a Cloud based infrastructure.

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In order to make Virtual Servers even more accessible, we are offering your first three months of a Virtual Server with us for free when you commit to a 2-year subscription. You will be able to build a custom machine that meets your requirements, stipulating how much CPU, RAM, and which OS etc. you'd like. This machine will then be yours free of charge for three whole months.

Costs

20 user hosted desktops

2016 OS = £20
RDS CALs @ £5.50 each = £110
4 cores = £20
16 GB RAM @ £15 = £240
50 GB OS = £10
Additional Storage @ £0.20 per GB

Total of £400 + VAT

AD & File

2016 OS = £20
2 cores = £10
6 GB RAM @ £15 = £90
50 GB OS = £10
Additional Storage @ £0.20 per GB

Total of £130 + VAT

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