If your business is still running Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Exchange 2010 on any servers, laptops or PCs, it’s time to start planning to upgrade.
After January 14th, 2020, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 & 2008 R2, Exchange 2010, and Windows SBS 2011, will no longer be supported by Microsoft. After that date, any devices still running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008/R2 will be at risk for new cyber-attacks, unless you pay for Windows Extended Security Updates.
What End of Support (EOS) means:
NO SECURITY UPDATES
Microsoft will no longer release critical security updates or patches for products after their end of support dates. Any businesses still using software after its EOS date will no longer be protected from the latest security threats (i.e. hackers, ransomware, viruses).
Remember the infamous WannaCry ransomware attack that infected over 200,000 computers in May 2017? That was the result of an unpatched vulnerability that affected Windows OS. If a WannaCry type of cyber-attack occurs after January 14, 2020, Windows 7 PCs will only get a patch if you pay for extended support.
As support ends, your organization may fail to meet compliance standards and industry regulations if the products are used after the EOS date. Failure to meet compliance can lead to costly fines and/or legal penalties.
HIGHER MAINTENANCE COSTS
Maintaining older servers and PCs that are running out-of-date software can get expensive quickly. One example: PCs older than four years can cost $1,700 per year in maintenance, repairs and lost productivity.
Prepare now to avoid security gaps & high support costs
If you haven’t already begun, taking the time to prepare and plan any necessary upgrades now will ensure you’re not in a crunch come January 2020.
Once you’ve identified any servers and PCs that will require a software upgrade, you’ll need to consider whether the hardware must be upgraded, as well. In some cases, older servers and PCs are not compatible with the new software and will need to be replaced (or migrated to the cloud).
Also important to consider is your company’s PC/laptop lifecycle. For example, a Windows 10 upgrade license will cost roughly $200/machine (plus the labor to install it). If you typically replace employee devices every four years, replacing a 3-year-old laptop rather than just upgrading the software may be more cost effective in the long run.
Consult with an expert
Unless you’re in the IT business, you likely don’t spend your days planning major software upgrades. It’s our job as an IT partner to do just that.
Our consultants have worked with 100’s of companies to ensure their software upgrades go smoothly – with zero downtime and no security risks left unaddressed. We’re here to do the same for your business.
Contact us to schedule an upgrade evaluation – our team will review your environment, identify potential cost savings, and provide a comprehensive upgrade plan with clear recommendations.