What does this mean for my business?

2008 Server End of Life means that Microsoft will no longer provide updates and support for the 2008 Server. The server will still function, but it won’t receive important security updates, meaning you’ll be vulnerable to cyberattacks.

This situation really only means one thing: you’ll need a new operating system by 14th January 2020.

You have two main options: update your operating system (to Windows 2016 for example), or move your infrastructure to a Hosted Virtual Server or Microsoft Azure.

The Good News

If you decide on moving your infrastructure to Azure, the costs are now comparable or cheaper than physical servers. This is because of the introduction of Azure Reserved Instance (paying upfront for a certain amount of months) and Hybrid Benefit (applying previously bought licences). Speak to us and we can explain how this works and what it means in relation to your business.

Delaying the inevitable

Another option is the Microsoft Extended Support Programme. This allows you to migrate your Windows 2008 server into the Azure Cloud and receive an additional 3 years of server updates for free.

Unless it's absolutely necessary though, you're just delaying the inevitable. We'd only recommend this option if you have a line of business application that is not yet compatible with Windows 2016, as it will give you time to find a new application that works for your business.

What to do?

Available Options

1 – Update your physical server (to Windows 2016 for example).
2 – Update and move your infrastructure to a Hosted Virtual Server or Azure.
3 – Migrate your 2008 server to Azure.
4 – Deploy Office 365.


For advice on your options or to explore the potential cost savings of Azure RI and Hybrid Benefit, please fill in the form or call our advisors on 01492 862 780.

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