With the end of support for Windows Server 2008, Microsoft will no longer release security updates for any edition of Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2, which may expose your organization to security vulnerabilities and noncompliance. The newer edition of Windows Server is a cloud-ready operating system that supports current workloads while also introducing new technologies to simplify the transition to cloud computing.
Depending on what you’re running on Windows Server 2008, there can be multiple strategies for upgrading: move to a newer edition of Windows Server on-premises, establish a hybrid coexistence for the right mix of cloud-based and upgraded on-premises applications, rehost workloads in the cloud, or – eventually – rearchitect, rebuild, or build new applications native to the cloud.
An opportunity to transform
According to a recent IDC survey, cloud adoption is on the rise, with 87 per cent of organizations saying they plan to merge their on-premises datacenter with the public cloud. Moreover, worldwide spending on public cloud services and infrastructure is forecast to reach 160 billion USD in 2018, an increase of 23.2 per cent over 2017.
With nearly unlimited flexibility in terms of design choice, Azure can help organizations in search of a proven and consistent methodology for the adoption of cloud technologies. In addition, cloud computing can deliver significant cost savings over a traditional datacenter approach, thanks to abilities like quickly moving on-premises workloads to the cloud and easily building resilient apps that can scale up or down with the flow of traffic.
As technology continues to develop at an exponential rate, business dynamics are also changing – demanding the rapid transformation of business processes for better growth.
Microsoft server technology is no exception to this trend, entering the 2008 release with a shift from 32-bit to 64-bit computing and the early days of server virtualization. The 2008 family of products was groundbreaking for its time, but current versions of software and cloud services provide more powerful built-in security, as well as amplified performance and innovation. Windows Server 2008 mainstream support ended on January 13, 2015, and extended support is ending January 14, 2020—making now the ideal time to look for opportunities to transform your digital assets to the cloud.
This guide explores how enterprises can elevate their legacy applications from running on Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2 by upgrading to the latest Windows Server on-premises or migrating to the cloud.
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