All You Need to Know About Server 2003’s End of Life

For many small businesses, their IT infrastructure can be a complicated thing to consider. But, by being aware of the server options available specifically for small and start-up businesses, you can harness operations that are truly future proof and built for expansion.

The Microsoft Server 2003 previously offered a supported option for small business owners that simply don’t have the time to manage their business network or wider infrastructure, however, with support coming to an end this year, many organisations simply don’t know where to turn.

Server 2003The clock is ticking…

If you are currently utilising Server 2003 to manage your emails, files, payroll system or accounts management, then the prospect of support coming to an end can be particularly daunting. Microsoft will cease support on 15th July 2015, a move that will leave many businesses at risk.

What will ‘end of life’ mean for my business?

Whilst time is running out for Server 2003 users, it is important to clarify that this widely used server option won’t stop working overnight. Once Server 2003 reaches its end of life, some parts of the software, mainly those running your email, will become unsupported.

The fact that Microsoft will no longer be providing security updates and patches for Server 2003 will leave your server vulnerable to hacker attack.

What should I do now?

Businesses currently operating Server 2003 are urged to act now ahead of the end of life date. Whether you are looking to replace your entire IT infrastructure or shift services to the cloud, Associated Technology Solutions can assist with the ‘big move’. We provide full service IT support to companies of all sizes and niches, and can work with you one-on-one to source an alternative server option that works for you and your budget.

Contact us today on 0121 667 4147.

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