In the upcoming months, support services will be coming to an end for Windows 7, SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008/2008 R2. This End of Support could have an impact on your business as support services and security patches will no longer be available by Microsoft. GraVoc can help your team avoid business disruptions by preparing you ahead of these EOS deadlines!

End of Support Deadlines

Windows 7

January 14th, 2020

Windows Server
2008 & 2008 R2

January 14th, 2020

SQL Server
2008 & 2008 R2

July 9, 2019

What Does End of Support Mean to You?

If you are currently running Windows 7, Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 or SQL Server 2008/2008 R2, these versions are approaching the end of their support lifecycle. End of support means impacted organizations will lose access to regular security updates and bulletins. Running apps and data on unsupported versions of Windows 7, Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 or SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 can create significant security and compliance risks.

No Security
Updates

There will be no access to critical security updates, opening the potential for business interruptions

Compliance
Concerns

As support ends, your organization may fail to meet compliance standards and industry regulations

Innovation
Opportunities

Leaders that embrace digital transformation outperform the competition and avoid disruptions

No Security Updates

If there is a new threat against Windows 7, Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 or SQL Server 2008/2008 R2, your applications and data could be at risk.  A great example of a recent and critical security update was the MS17-010 security patch that was deployed by Microsoft in May 2017 as a result of the WannaCry Ransomeware outbreak. The WannaCry Ransomware outbreak affected over 200,000 computers who were running certain Windows operating systems. Microsoft released security patch MS17-010 which protected affected users against the attack. With End of Support around the corner for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 and SQL Server 2008/2008 R2, security updates, like MS17-010, will no longer be available leaving your data and applications at risk.

Compliance Concerns

As support ends for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 and SQL Server 2008/2008 R2, your organization may fail to meet compliance standards and industry regulations such as HIPAA, ISO 27001, PCI and GLBA to name a few. An important industry regulation that has been on the minds of both business and IT professionals is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which went into effect on May 25th, 2018. The GDPR is an industry regulation which requires organizations who do business in the European Union to maintain appropriate security of personal data while respecting individual choice no matter where data is sent, processed or stored. If you are running unsupported apps, your organization may be non-compliant, which could result in significant penalties.

Innovation Opportunities

End of Support offers organizations a chance to transform critical parts of your operation, reassess direction and move off outdated platforms. It is better to embrace digital transformation now than when you are in a crisis situation. By planning ahead, you are creating a barrier between your data and emerging threats.  Not planning for Windows 7, SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 End of Support is planning for failure!

Dan Johnson

VP of Business Development

(978) 538-9055 x 196

djohnson@GraVoc.com

Plan Ahead of End of Support!

With EOS approaching quickly for Windows 7, SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008/2008 R2, we strongly recommend getting ahead of the deadlines and preparing your organization. Transitioning from one platform to another can be a stressful and confusing process. GraVoc can ease this transition for you and your team by providing assessment, migration, optimization and support services for all of your End of Support needs. Our world-class team of software developers will assess your applications and workloads to determine the best path for your organization moving forward.

Schedule a consultation with us today to begin game planning, cost out options and discuss secure migration services for your apps and data. Contact our VP of Business Development, Dan Johnson, using his contact info on this page or fill out the form below and we will be in contact with you shortly to schedule a consultation!

GraVoc has been a part of the Microsoft Partner Network for over 20 years.  As a Silver ERP Solutions Partner and a Silver SMB Cloud Solutions Provider, we have invested extensively in the training and certification of our staff.  Today, our team holds in excess of 100 Microsoft certifications assuring our customers that we are both current in our knowledge and trained in the core competency requirements of their environment.  Our expertise and certifications include Dynamics, Dynamics 365, Office, Office 365, Azure, Microsoft SQL, SharePoint and more!

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