Upgrading from Windows Server 2012: An introduction to Visionet’s End-of-Life (EOL) support offering
The ever-evolving landscape of technology presents new opportunities and challenges. The impending End-of-Life (EOL) for Windows Server 2012 is a significant challenge. Visionet steps in to provide a full support package as firms prepare for this unavoidable transformation.
Understanding the Implications of Windows Server 2012 End-of-Life (EOL)
When a software product reaches its EOL, the manufacturer ceases to provide crucial services like software updates, security patches, and technical assistance. Microsoft's EOL for Windows Server 2012 potentially exposes businesses to an array of risks, from security threats to operational disruptions.
According to Statista, the number of persons affected by data breaches increased dramatically, from 17.2 million in 2012 to a staggering 422 million in 2022. In addition, neglecting software upgrades might be expensive. This was seen in the Wannacryransomware incident, which involved the targeting of obsolete software in 150 countries and resulted in $4 billion in financial losses.
The global rise in data breaches, as captured by Statista's statistics, underscores the severity of these risks. The fiscal and reputational consequences of neglecting software upgrades became glaringly evident in events like the WannaCry ransomware incident.
Windows Server 2012 EOL presents risks that extend beyond cybersecurity. Organizations could face non-compliance issues with regulatory bodies, loss of technical support in emergencies, vulnerability to cyberattacks, potential revenue loss due to downtime, and tarnished reputation due to publicized security breaches.
The Visionet Solution
Visionet provides a broad range of EOL support options to secure your business continuity and system integrity during the Windows Server 2012 EOL transition. We break down our support into four fundamental stages:
- Assessment: We conduct an in-depth evaluation of your current data, application categorization, and identify dependencies.
- Planning: We organize servers/applications, devise strategic wave group plans, and decide the most effective migration method for your system.
- Execution: We offer in-place upgrades, migrations to new Operating System Environments (OSE), and Virtual Machine (VM) migrations to Azure.
- Testing and Continuous support: Our responsibility doesn't end with the transition. We conduct pre and post-migration checks, performance benchmarks, and provide continuous support through our managed services model.
Upgrade Paths and Options
Understanding the technical possibilities and limitations associated with transitioning from Windows Server 2012 to newer versions is essential for a seamless upgrade. For instance, Windows Server 2012 can be upgraded directly to Windows Server 2016, but upgrading to Windows Server 2019 requires an intermediary upgrade to Windows Server 2016.
Depending on your business requirements, there are different migration options, each with its pros and cons. Whether you opt for an in-place upgrade, migrate to a new OSE, pay for extended security update upgrades, or decide on VM migration to Azure, Visionet is equipped to guide you through your chosen path.
The Visionet Advantage
As a Microsoft-recognized partner with AMMP certification, Visionet brings exclusive benefits to your migration process. We are among the limited number of vendors who can offer Microsoft funding for Azure migration.
Our structured approach, tool-based assessments, and migrations promise minimal end-user disruption and a cost-effective approach to the transition.
The impending Windows Server 2012 EOL brings challenges, but with Visionet, you can turn this into an opportunity for growth and innovation. We are committed to making your transition as seamless as possible.
This blog post marks the beginning of an informative series aimed at supporting your organization's journey through the Windows Server 2012 EOL transition. In our subsequent posts, we will delve into more technical specifics, actionable strategies, and in-depth discussions on the different migration paths and options.
In the meantime, keep your queries coming, and don't hesitate to get in touch with us! Stay tuned for our next blog post in this series, where we'll dive deeper into the ins and outs of the Windows Server 2012 EOL transition.