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by Eric P. Jackson

Let It Go: "End of Life" for Computer Hardware

Ah, 2003, what a year! Keystone was founded, and Windows Server 2003 came into the world. Fast forward twelve years: Keystone has reached maturity and Windows 2003 is barely clinging to life, ready for a peaceful passing.

Microsoft set July 14, 2015 as the date they will no longer support Windows Server 2003. The same thing happened with Windows XP in 2014.

So what does this mean?

End of support doesn't mean XP immediately stopped working. And it doesn't mean that Windows Server 2003 is going to stop working either, only that Microsoft will stop issuing updates.

While this doesn't sound ominous, it's potentially deadly for your data security. Server software updates are crucial to patch security vulnerabilities that are inevitably found during the life-span of software (and it's true of ALL software and operating systems - sorry Apple fan-boys).

Am I at risk, and what do I do?

So if you're running Windows Server 2003 on your network, you'll be at risk, like it or not. If your business is touched by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI), or Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the July 14 date is crucial for compliance.

We understand that upgrading servers and their software isn't cheap. But then again, security breaches and dead hardware isn't exactly a bargain. Failure to properly manage your server software will be no excuse. Furthermore, keeping a 7 year old server in production and praying it doesn't suffer a massive failure that sends you to eBay begging for out-dated parts isn't a good business move either.

If you're worried about your systems, feel free to give us a call...we can help. Or you can contact us here.