Windows 2008 servers are fast approaching their end of life date in January of 2020. End of life simply means that Microsoft will no longer be supporting the product. As that date approaches here are a few things to keep in mind.
Without Windows 2008 being updated anynew malware or “zero day” exploits will no longer be fixed. This leaves your networks and sensitive data open to being hacked or stolen. In the years after Windows 2008 was developed, the world has changed radically. The server’s software was never meant to withstand the constant assault frommalware that servers must undergo today. If you do store data that requires extra security, HIPPA or legal documents, your certifications for keeping that data will expire. Security needs to be foremost on your mind when you are considering upgrading.
In recent months Microsoft is making it much easier to migrate a server to its Azure cloud-based server management. In the past decommissioning a server and migrating to a new version of Windows was much more intensive than it is now. Microsoft is encouraging folks to consider Azure. Instead of purchasing licensing for the Azure server Microsoft is essentially providing the licenses for free, if you move your server to Azure. You do pay rent on the server itself but considering the initial cost of purchasing hardware and the licensing for that hardware the cost is minimal
From a calendar date Microsoft 2008 and R2 are 11 years old, however when you consider how much the technology has grown since its release the servers can be considered well outdated.
When speaking to Jim Lancaster, Sagiss’s CTO he summed it up nicely;
“People make arguments about whether it's more cost effective to be on Azure or not, but I think it's really more about security about stability and about maintaining accessibility to what's built into Azure. It is this idea that you should be able to get your data from anywhere. The whole thing is built from the ground up for universal access for day-to-day operations.”
“There is no reason to have a 2008 server online.”