Windows Server 2003 End of Life: What Your Fund Must Know   

Windows Server 2003 End of Life: What Your Fund Must Know  

Support for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 is ending on July 14, 2015. The end of support will lead to a heighted risk of cyber-attacks and compliance issues for businesses, so it is essential that your hedge fund has a smart migration plan in place. Read on to learn about best practices for ensuring a seamless migration from Windows Server 2003.

Windows Server 2003 end of lifeEven though support for Windows Server 2003 is ending this July, firms will still be able to run the server in their data center. As a result, you may be wondering why it is crucial to migrate to a newer version. The end of support for Server 2003 means that technical support, patching, and other security updates will no longer be available for customers. Additionally, choosing not to migrate to a more updated version of Windows can lead to poor performance, open your firm up to compliance violations, in addition to making your firm more vulnerable to a variety of cyber threats and potential security breaches.

There are several options to select from for migration, including moving to a cloud environment, Office 365, and Windows Server 2012 R2. Many hedge funds are choosing to migrate to Windows Server 2013 hosted in a private cloud environment. Private cloud environments are able to offer hedge funds additional benefits, including improved performance, high levels of security and remote monitoring services. Upgrading your server environment will make your firm more secure, in addition to allowing your business to operate more efficiently by providing increased performance speeds and reduced maintenance requirements.

When planning your migration strategy, be sure to speak with your IT services provider to ensure that the process is completed correctly and efficiently. Your IT partner should be able to manage the entire migration process, including discovering and assessing the applications, data volumes and resources required. If you are considering the private cloud, work with your IT provider to identify a custom tailored cloud solution that is secure, robust and resilient. Your IT provider should be able to complete the entire migration process with minimal downtime and disruption to your business, while ensuring that your infrastructure, applications, and critical data are robust, secure and available following the migration process.

Still have questions about migrating from Windows Server 2003? Get in touch with RFA today for assistance.