• Still running Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2? Here’s what you need to know right now

Ten years ago, when server virtualisation was just starting to get going and the shift from 32-bit to 64-bit applications was happening, the server 2008 products started shipping. A lot has changed since then… however many organisations continue to rely on Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 to run their workloads. With the 14th January 2020 End of Support deadline approaching, we look at what you need to know right now.

What happens if I don’t migrate my workloads?

Nothing changes. And that’s the problem. You’ll no longer receive security updates which will leave your business exposed and vulnerable to security threats and compliance risk. We find that many smaller organisations feel that their size gives them some protection from being targeted but unfortunately the stats say otherwise with nearly half of UK small businesses experiencing a cyber attack in the last year

Security and compliance are pretty solid reasons to get moving, but you should also consider this an opportunity to modernise your infrastructure and get your hands on new security and efficiency features. 

So, what are my options?

You have some choices to make. The best place to start is by understanding what you need right now, and also what your long-term infrastructure goals are to help your business grow.

  • Do you want to keep the workload on-premise, or make a move to the cloud?
  • Can you upgrade the operating system?
  • Do you want to rebuild the application using new app patterns with Azure PaaS – or simply containerise to lift and shift with minimal code changes?


Choosing to migrate to Azure, upgrade on-premise, or a mix of both, will keep your workloads protecting and deliver several other business benefits.

Thinking of migrating to Azure? Start your journey to the cloud by migrating apps running 2008/2008 R2 as is – and get three more years of security updates free, buying yourself more time to upgrade or modernise your applications in the cloud.

On-premise works best for you? Upgrade to cloud ready Windows Server 2016 or 2019. You can take advantage of the built-in hybrid cloud capabilities for back-up and high availability or migrate later.

If you’re not able upgrade all your servers before the deadline, then you can protect your workloads by purchasing extended security updates for just those servers. You can then upgrade them when you’re ready to.


Why should I consider migrating to Azure?

Here are four reasons to start you off. You can also read a bit more about Azure here:

  • Cloud flexibility
    • Set up Windows Server deployments in minutes, then scale up and down on the fly as your requirements change. Only use (and pay for) exactly what you need, when you need it.
  • Built for performance
    • Meet your toughest demands with virtual machines optimised by the team that built Windows Server
  • Hybrid connectivity
    • Take advantage of all that Azure offers your business, whilst eking out every last bit of value from your on-premise infrastructure investment
  • Highly secured and trusted
    • Protect your entire data estate with a highly secured database on the most compliant cloud.

Request a demo of Azure with one of our technical team, or a free Azure trial and find out whether it’s right for you.


This has been an interesting read, but I’m still not sure what’s going to be right for me!

And that’s why we’ve got a team of experts who can help. Get on touch and we’ll help you figure out which is the best option for you right now. Call us on 0121 605 1000 or contact us here.