Should Windows Server 2008 Users Migrate to Azure Cloud or Upgrade to Windows Server 2019?
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Should Windows Server 2008 Users Migrate to Azure Cloud or Upgrade to Windows Server 2019?

20,000,000 Servers worldwide are still running
Windows Server 2008, and there’s a deadline that’s getting dangerously close. Support ends for Windows Server 2008
on January 14th 2020. So customers are facing some big decisions
and weighing the various options. Option #1: Do nothing. Delete every email from Microsoft. That’s tempting, but not wise. 3rd Party app vendors can’t fix bugs if the underlying operating system is no longer supported. So most ISV’s will drop support
for 2008 once Microsoft drops support in January. If your applications stop working, and you
can’t get support, that’s a big problem. But there’s another problem that could actually
cripple your organization… These old systems are HIGHLY vulnerable
to cyber-attack, and free security updates are terminated in January. Now, Microsoft WILL provide Extended Security
updates if you migrate Windows Server 2008 to run on Azure Virtual Machines… But it’s important to note, all they’re
providing are Security Updates, not OS Support. The OS and applications are STILL unsupported. And another thing…. The experience of running VMs on the Cloud
is VERY different from what most of us expect from a true Cloud experience. One example, with VMs, if you undersize the
system requirements for an application, or if compute requirements increase, the VM doesn’t
scale automatically. You have to manually reconfigure the system
and reboot. Same thing, if you OVER-provision the VMs
and your monthly spend is actually higher than it needs to be… You’re in the same situation. So you really need to monitor these VMs constantly. Nothing happens automatically. To scale up or down you have to manually reconfigure
and reboot. In fact, MANY of the features that Azure customers
take for granted – like, availability, redundancy and backup – have to be configured manually
with VMs. So there’s a lot of on-going admin effort
involved in running Windows Server 2008 apps on Azure VMs, and remember, this is still
an UNSUPPORTED operating system, running Applications that are probably not supported either. That’s not ideal. So what’s the alternative? For applications that DO belong in the Cloud,
Azure PaaS , Platform-as-a-service, provides overwhelming benefits compared to VMs. That’s where you get the automatic scale-up
and scale-down that customers associate with Cloud computing. And Azure automatically insures the highest
availability and performance And provides much better security against
cybercrime than any Windows Server 2008 environment With far LESS management required on the user’s
part. And for those applications that can be run
more efficiently, or more economically on-prem, Windows Server 2019 on Gen10 servers provides
back-end support, and access, to Azure, so that applications aren’t lost during outages,
you’re able to protect and restore data, and you can manage both Azure and On-Prem
servers from a single, integrated view AND, Windows Server 2019 provides protection
against cybercrime that isn’t available for legacy environments! For Azure applications that are best run on-prem
because of Cost, or Regulatory Compliance or Performance, Azure Stack is a perfect complement
to the Public Cloud Most customers envision a multi-platform deployment
strategy. Windows Server 2019, the operating system
that bridges on-premises and cloud, and Azure provide the deployment flexibility that the
IDC study highlighted. That’s the value of upgrading Windows Server
2008 to a modern version of Windows Server instead of just moving unsupported applications
to run on VMs in the Public Cloud. The benefits of the hybrid Cloud are huge. Don’t settle for less.


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