Microsoft End of Life Products - Don’t put your business at risk

News
11/10/2019

On 14th January 2020, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 will become “End of Life” Microsoft products. If your business currently works with either of these products then failure to take action could result in huge risks for your business’ data, your supplier’s data and even your customer’s data. Add compliance and compatibility issues to the equation and your business could be facing huge unexpected and unnecessary costs and a damaged reputation.


January might seem a long way off. However, companies who act early will not only avoid these potential pitfalls but will reap the benefits of a smooth transition allowing them to focus on the bigger picture, such as delivering growth and superior customer service.


What is End of Life?


“End of Life” means Microsoft will no longer offer support for these product versions and most worryingly, they will not issue any further security updates.


Why do I need to upgrade?


    Security

    Without the latest updates you become an instant easy target for hackers, viruses and malware. Your server and entire network will become more vulnerable to cyber-attacks. You risk not only compromising your own data, but potentially your clients’ and suppliers’ data too. This could be damaging to your brand and bottom line. Any data breach which can be traced back to “out of date” software can result in huge fines from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), because unpatched or out of date software is not GDPR compliant.


    Compliance

    The latest versions of some software simply won’t be supported when running on End of Life platforms. Without support, your business becomes subject to industry regulated non-compliance.


    Compatibility

    Out of Date or End of Life software can become a real headache for businesses who just assume an upgrade will simply work across all systems without any big picture thinking. Unsuccessful implementation planning inevitably leads to inefficient users, system downtime and unnecessary costs.


What should I do next?


There are number of options available, however, these can be confusing. What’s certain is that simply purchasing and installing or updating to the latest version of End of Life software will most certainly be problematic, time consuming and potentially counterproductive.


To ensure your systems are operating efficiently and to minimise risk and unnecessary costs, it’s vital you understand the implications of End of Life software to the business as a whole, not in isolation.


Quintech have over 25 years’ experience partnering with companies across a broad range of industries to advise on the best IT solutions tailored to their needs. We will ensure you deliver a successful implementation without unnecessary disruption and worry.


For a free, no obligation survey, review and recommendation call 01684 882700 or email advice@quintech.co.uk and quote BBPWIN7EOL.