I just wanted to take a quick minute to let the readers of our blog know that GreenPages is holding a series of live events around migrating Windows Server 2003 Workloads. The events are free and will be held in Cambridge, MA, Portland, ME, Tampa, FL, and Alpharetta, GA. David Barter, our Practice Manager of Microsoft Technologies, will be hosting the events.
We decided to put these events together because of the impact Windows Server 2003 End-of-Life is having on IT professionals across the globe. As you are probably already aware, the End-of-Life date is July 14th. Needless to say, that is coming up pretty quickly. There are perceived, and often real, challenges involved in upgrading applications. However, there are some serious drawbacks if you do not migrate. First, no new updates will be developed or released after end of support. Not migrating could also cause compliance issues for various regulatory and industry standards. Furthermore, staying put will cost more in the end. Maintenance costs for outdated hardware will increase and there will be additional costs for security measures that need to be taken.
On the flip side, benefits of migrating include reducing operational costs and increasing efficiencies, improving employee productivity, the ability to be cloud ready, and increasing business agility. There are different paths you can take, such as migrating to Windows Server 2012, Azure, or Office 365 as an individual product or as a Platform as a Service.
During the events, David will cover:
- Developing an action plan and ways Azure and Office 365 can be part of it.
- Potential migration pitfalls
- Determining which applications will run "as is" on new platforms and which won't
- The areas of your infrastructure that will be affected by End of Life.
- Examples of GreenPages' customers going to the cloud, including how they approached the decision process and what their experiences were like.
You can register here. If there isn't an event near you but you're interested in learning more on the topic, I would highly recommend downloading David's whitepaper. These should be great events (plus you get a free lunch and entered to win an Xbox One)! Below is some more information on event locations.
- March 26th from 10am-11am at the Portland Harbor Hotel
- April 1st from 10am-2pm at the Microsoft Campus
- April 2nd from 10am-2pm at the Microsoft Campus
- April 7th from 10am-2pm at the Microsoft Campus
If you have any specific questions about event logistics, feel free to reach out to Kelsey Barrett, our Marketing and Event Coordinator.
By Ben Stephenson, Emerging Media Specialist