After January 14, 2020 there will be no more security updates on Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 , making systems that run these operating systems a magnet for cybersecurity threats – consequently putting businesses at risk. Cyber criminals absolutely know this event is occurring and will attempt to exploit this weakness in vulnerable environments. This happened two years ago with the WannaCry ransomware attack, which exploited organisations that did not patch, or were running an end-of-service Microsoft operating system. WannaCry exploited vulnerable systems and infected them with ransomware, which caused an estimated $4 Billion in damages.
Aging hardware is increasing risk of unplanned downtime
Furthermore, line-of-business applications, such as Microsoft SQL Server or Microsoft Exchange Server, are usually mission-critical to business operations. Running these applications on Server 2008/R2 not only exposes businesses to security risks, but a lack of vendor support can severely impact productivity combined with unplanned downtime. Imagine for a minute you are a business owner and your payroll application is running on a server platform that is more than eleven years old. Not only is that server operating system no longer secured, but there is a high probability the hardware is also out of warranty, more than seven years old, and is under performing and experiencing unplanned downtime. Without vendor support, getting that old system back up and running after a hardware failure will be a challenge: increasing the time it takes to return the business system to operation.
Unplanned outages and maintenance are increasing costs to businesses
The International Data Corporation (IDC)
estimates that when server hardware reaches its third year of life, there is a 62% increase in unplanned outages. Organisations further lose up to 39% in peak performance, and costs start to dramatically increase in both application management and server administration. That is a direct impact to business operations and expenses, and the longer aging hardware remains in an environment there is increased risk for extended periods of unplanned outages.