RIP Microsoft Server 2003 – how to mitigate the threat

Beware any firm operating on Microsoft’s Windows Server 2003 as Microsoft will no longer support it from 14 July 2015. This will place confidential information at much greater risk from hackers and malware attacks, and potentially bring down core systems such as case and practice management and email making it impossible to trade.

 

Not only that, but, if you are one of the 10 million MS2003 users – and many law firms are – you will no longer comply with Law Society regulation; you will also incur further operating costs, as you will need to implement more-advanced security measures; and will fall behind in the market, as using outdated server, storage and network infrastructure will result in a system not powerful enough to cope with the advancement in systems management since MS2003 was introduced.

 

The silver lining

Post 14 July, supporting MS2003 in-house will be costly and time consuming. But, by migrating to a new server, you can instantly remove the security and compliance time bomb associated with Windows Server 2003 come 14 July. You will also have the opportunity to shed outdated processes, such as using tape backup rather than opting for an appropriate disaster recovery solution.

 

However, when migrating to an up-to-date windows server version, you need to be sure your server, storage and network infrastructure are powerful enough to cope with the latest Microsoft software version, as failure to do so may mean that your network will become sluggish or could crash altogether.

 

You also need to choose the right architecture, design and components to promote agility, speed and cost-effectiveness.

 

Benefit from greater agility, speed and cost-effectiveness

Converge has helped many firms to mitigate the issues associated with the upcoming Windows Server 2003 end of life. We start by advising on how best to migrate to up-to-date server hardware and software by undertaking a systems audit, which includes:

 

  • A full systems review:
    1. Microsoft software audit
    2. Server hardware audit
    3. Third party application suitability to an updated Microsoft version
    4. Recommendations on the most appropriate migration path
  • Aligning the migration path to your business objectives

 

Undertaking such a review will not only help drive innovation – improving the uptake and use of IT across the firm – but will also enable firms to take a fresh look at the challenges and the opportunities facing them today. Additionally, it will also provide management with a clearer view on how to maximise their use of and return on IT spend.

 

At the end of the day, migrating to a new server makes good business sense and, if your firm does not have a migration plan in place, then now is the time to act. Not doing so will result in your firm becoming increasingly susceptible to attack and becoming far less competitive. Is it really is worth the risk?

 

Special offer – fast track migration service

As the deadline of 14 July fast approaches, we are offering law firms a fast track service to aid migration from WS2003 to the most up-to-date version applicable.

The service is provided on a fixed cost for orders placed before 31st July 2015 and includes a free systems audit, as outlined above, via our dedicated migration consultants, followed by a fast track migration service delivered in days rather than weeks.

Don’t be caught out by cyber-crime, run the gauntlet of non-compliance or risk network down time, contact us today on 0345 872 4400 or email Aaron Naisbitt on aaron.naisbitt@convergets.co.uk.