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Commerx Would Like to Help You Say Goodbye to Windows Server 2003!

In July 2010, Microsoft transitioned from providing mainstream support for Windows Server 2003 to releasing critical patches only. July 14, 2015 marks another transition, this time the end of Microsoft support for Windows Server 2003/R2. While this date may seem distant, now is the time to understand that the end of support and the end of life of Windows Server 2003 means that your business needs to ensure that it has a plan to migrate the applications and workloads currently relying on Windows Server 2003 onto Windows Server 2012 R2 or Microsoft Azure.

Key questions to consider:

  • Can your business afford to potentially fail a compliance audit as a result of not being on a supported platform?
  • Can you risk losing Visa and MasterCard payment options due to non-compliance?
  • Are you comfortable knowing your IT systems may have vulnerabilities to cyber-security threats?
  • Can your business afford to lose critical data because of unsupported servers?
  • Do costs of upgrading outweigh the risks?

If you answered “No” to most questions, it is time to plan your migration to Windows Server 2012 R2.

If you’re still running Windows Server 2003 after July 14, 2015:

Your business may…

  • Be at risk of data breach, resulting in compliance challenges.
  • May not be able to provide Visa and MasterCard payment methods if your server is unsupported due to being non-PCI compliant.
  • Become an ideal target to malicious cyber security attacks; which may negatively impact your business.
  • End up paying more to fix security breach.

We urge you to start your planning to migrate off of Windows Server 2003 and onto a platform that will provide you the security and reliability that you’ve experienced over the last decade with Windows Server 2003, with the added value of the features now included in Windows Server 2012 R2, as well as the hybrid opportunities available to you with Microsoft Azure.

Delaying will only create additional expenses, and ‘rigging’ your environments to detect intrusion, inclusion of more advanced firewalls, network segmentation, and so on, to simply isolate Windows Server 2003 servers will only result in a datacenter that costs more, and is still out of compliance, and out of date. Not to mention the maintenance costs for aging hardware… you’re just delaying your opportunity to transform.


It takes an average of 3 months to migrate a server for a SMB customer and at least 2 months for application migration? July 14, 2015 is just around the corner!


Please contact your Commerx Account Manager or click here to contact us for more information.