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Windows XP Countdown Foreshadows End of Support for Windows Server 2003

Industry watchers are very interested in seeing what happens to those vulnerable desktops after April

"Meanwhile, in Windows XP land, the countdown continues with the April deadline looming" said Jessica Davis in a recent article in MSPmentor.  "Reports say that the XP installed base has dipped below 30 percent for the first time, while comments on this same story speculate that the numbers are much higher still. Meanwhile, if you have customers with XP machines still in place, you need to be worrying how you will secure those after the deadline. Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows XP is sharing the same dead date with the OS it supports, according to this report."

Industry watchers are very interested in seeing what happens to those vulnerable desktops after April.  Will a storm of viruses be unleashed?  Let's hope not, but we'll have to wait to find out.  What does happen next will provide insight into the predicament that customers running Windows Server 2003 will face next summer when it reaches the end of support in July.

We are hearing from some AppZero customers that the required custom support agreements needed in order to purchase extended support for WS2003 are very costly. (Pricing for extended support for will be communicated to customers by Microsoft this summer.) That's just one of the reasons why forward-looking enterprises are taking this opportunity to conduct an app inventory.  As you take a closer look at all of the applications running in the enterprise, different decisions can be made.

For example, the end of support may be the right time to retire some legacy apps.  As the rest of the applications are migrated off of WS2003, perhaps some are well suited to move to the cloud, while you prefer to keep other on-premises.  Below are just some of the details you should gather as you begin your app inventory:

  • Application Name
  • Application Version
  • Application Vendor Support available?
  • Is the System backed?
  • Application Owner/Sys Admin
  • Migration Window
  • Service Level Agreements?
  • Business value and
  • Has the application migration or OS modification been tried before
  • System Type (Physical or Virtual)
  • OS Source and Target
  • Physical Source and Target (Datacenter, Rack, Location)
  • Known external software level dependencies
  • Known external hardware level dependencies
  • Application Components/Services

If you would like assistance in conducting an application assessment or inventory to better inform your application migration planning feel free to contact AppZero.  Keep in mind, the countdown to WS2003 end of support has begun.

More Stories By Adine Deford

Adine Deford is the CMO for AppZero – the fastest and most flexible way to move workloads across clouds and datacenter servers, without re-engineering, re-installation, or lock-in. With more than two decades of technology marketing experience, she has a deep understanding of the power of “trigger events” in launching disruptive technologies. She predicts that the end of life for Windows Server 2003 scheduled for July 2015, will be the event that puts application migration, particularly cloud migration on the map. You can follow her on Twitter at @AdineDeford.

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