Infrastructure Migration from Windows Server 2003 to the Cloud

The time to migrate is running out…

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 will become an unsupported product in less than two months. After 14th July 2015, Microsoft will not issue any updates for this operating system. It barely needs repeating that you would be unwise to operate any of your business-critical IT systems on an unsupported operating system. Besides the risk of an uncontrollable security breach, which could happen anytime, it is unlikely that your IT systems will pass a compliance audit, thus the compliance of your business activities is under an immediate threat.

It does appear there are plenty of businesses who have not yet made a move from Windows Server 2003 to a new operating system. Estimates have circulated recently there are upwards of eight million servers still running Windows Server 2003, and a survey just published by a Canada-based IT provider, Softchoice, showed that 21% of its clients' computers are running Windows Server 2003.

Of course, it's painful to migrate away from an IT system which is most likely working pretty well and giving you satisfactory performance. And while all the advice is pointing towards migrating to a cloud-based solution rather than deploying a new system on physical servers, making a jump from on-premises (or colocated) hardware to computing in the cloud is a disruptive step where you may find it complex or expensive to synchronise and run your old and new systems in parallel for the required run-in period. It also requires a total re-evaluation of the privacy and security of your IT operations.

An interesting side-statistic of the Softchoice survey was the large number of clients moving from Windows Server 2003 to 2008, rather than Microsoft's recommendation of 2012 or 2012 R2. This also points to businesses' desire for low-risk migration, rather than a comprehensive move to the most up-to-date technology platform.


The advantages of Interoute Virtual Data Centre

Interoute Virtual Data Centre (VDC) is an Infrastructure-as-a-Service solution with some unique features that can help your migration to the cloud to be easier, safer and (often) less expensive than other cloud providers can offer. Interoute VDC has network at its core, because it is integrated into Interoute's global, high capacity and low latency fibre optic network.

Interoute owns and operates more than 67,000 km of optic fibre network, putting us among the biggest network providers in Europe, and with an expanding network across North America and the Asia-Pacific region. Our network services are used and trusted by governments and the leading global companies in the Internet and telecommunications sectors. Interoute provides 'backbone' network for the Internet across Europe, which carries around 40% of all of the Internet traffic in Europe.

The network advantage means that Interoute VDC can offer, for free, private (MPLS VPN) networking between all of its data centre zones, and these private networks can be extended to your existing VPN networks at colocation data centres (POPs) or in your own premises. This means that you can integrate your existing and new infrastructure into a unified, private network. Moreover, Interoute does not charge for any movement of data into, around, or out of its own network. With Interoute VDC, you get the computational convenience of enterprise-grade public cloud computing with the private cloud advantages of private networking. Your network and data traffic can be as private as you need them to be. There is no need for your data to touch the Internet, except where you want this to happen.

Therefore Interoute's infrastructure can help you to:

  • Explore and test your options for cloud-based computing;

  • Move your data into the cloud privately and free (within Interoute's network estate);

  • Build parallel systems in the cloud and easily run your parallel systems until you are ready to make the switchover from your Windows Server 2003-based systems;

  • Build hybrid systems which integrate your new cloud infrastructure with any existing infrastructure that needs to remain in colocation or on-premises; our low latency network reduces the probability that you will need to re-write any of your applications for deployment in the cloud;

  • Embrace new opportunities by growing your infrastructure internationally using Interoute's global network and 16 global data centres.

Find out more about Interoute VDC and Windows server migration

Interoute's VDC specialists presented a seminar about migration for the Spiceworks community on 7th April 2015. You can view the video recording via YouTube below:




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