It’s part of our goal at Silverado to educate Tucson-area businesses on Microsoft’s looming end-of-life (EOL) date for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Exchange 2010.
This is not a decision of if you upgrade, it’s a decision of when you upgrade. Because, after January 14, 2020, those products will not receive any security updates or technical support – leaving your data and your clients’ data vulnerable to hackers and security breaches.
Now Is The Time for Researching and Planning
Just in Tucson, millions of businesses will need to upgrade their PCs and servers. Now multiply that globally and you can see that in Q3 and Q4 there are going to be supply and scheduling limitations. At Silverado, we are scheduling four to six weeks in advance, and end-of-year migration for Q3 and Q4 will need to be booked at least 90 days ahead.
Upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10
To discontinue using Windows 7 and start using Windows 10, you’ll need to either upgrade your existing device to Windows 10 or invest in a new device that already runs Windows 10. Both options have their pros and cons.
Replacing your PCs with new ones gives you access to faster, lighter computers, but it’s the more expensive option. Upgrading your current devices can be cost-effective, but you could be missing out on new PC features. If you’d prefer to upgrade your existing PCs, you’ll want to ensure they meet the minimum requirements for Windows 10. If you already use Microsoft 365 Business, you may be eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10.
Consider Replacing Server 2008 R2 with Cloud
With the EOL of Server 2008 R2 approaching fast, you have to decide if it’s time to move your data to the cloud. An IT specialist will be able to evaluate if you have specific on-premise needs or if your company is a good candidate for the cloud. We’ll consider everything from app compatibility to cost, taking into account the lifecycle of your current investment.
Companies often opt for the cloud because of the flexibility, and it provides a cost-effective way to scale. To determine the right course for your business, we’ll create a project plan, handle the engineering and ensure there are adequate resources for your needs.
Use Office 365 Instead of Exchange
Your Microsoft Exchange account is how you access your work email. When the server’s EOL date arrives in January 2020, your system will be vulnerable to security threats. By migrating to Office 365, you’ll be accessing a robust program with apps and features that include cloud-based email, Microsoft Teams for collaboration, and OneDrive storage. If you need to keep your email on-premise, your other option is to migrate to Exchange 2012 or a newer version. The size of your organization and regulatory requirements impact the decision to use Office 365 or Exchange on-premise. Silverado can help you assess which is best for you.
Remain Compliant with Microsoft's New Solutions
If you continue using Microsoft products past the EOL date, your network and operating systems will not be compliant with federal regulations for HIPAA, PCI, etc. Additionally, Microsoft has its own audit process for business customers who use Microsoft products and can potentially be audited by Microsoft license compliance verification. To have a successful audit, Microsoft recommends creating a Software Asset Management program to ensure compliance. Also, by upgrading your Microsoft products, you’ll receive current security updates that keep you compliant with regulations.
Consider Silverado Managed IT Services
Working with Silverado Technologies puts you ahead of troublesome EOL scenarios. Are you ready to invest in a professional IT partner? Then it’s time to meet with one of our technology consultants to learn more about our managed IT services and compliance expertise in HIPAA, PCI and NIST. Reach out at 520-903-1580 or contact us online today.