In July, Microsoft will end its support for Windows Server 2003. As with the end of XP, it means that Microsoft won’t be issuing any security patches, but the consequences could be worse. You can do without a workstation, but you can’t afford to have your whole business down with a server failure.
The obvious question to ask is: Do I really need a server?
With advances in cloud technology, many small businesses can join SOHO and home users in using remote servers to run application software and store and retrieve files. Instead of housing everything on your own server, which you need to maintain and secure, you can take advantage of the large capacity, constant updates and continuous monitoring provided by the large companies that operate the servers. In addition to keeping systems up to date, they also can provide multiple storage sites for the redundancy that helps you avoid outages and lost data when one location has a problem.
We have helped clients set up apps and files using Dropbox for business and home users, and we have a number of partnerships that can provide cloud-based services. We highly recommend using the cloud.
If you want to keep a server, you may want to buy and install Windows Server 2012. However, you may need to upgrade other equipment within your IT system, and you should figure that into any comparison of maintaining your own server or going to the cloud.
You may also just want to stand pat. Windows Server 2003 will still work; Microsoft just won’t support it. It’s similar to Microsoft dropping its support for Windows XP.
We can help you make an informed decision. Call us – 973-433-6676 – or email us to set up an assessment of your current system and needs and how you anticipate your future needs.