Microsoft will be ending support for several popular products, a process known as End of Life or End of Service—potentially leaving your business exposed to a plethora of security risks, performance issues and/or taking your business out of compliance with industry regulations if you do not update.
Extended support for Windows Server 2008, 2008 R2, Windows 7 and SQL Server 2008, are all coming to an end in 2019 leaving you vulnerable to security attacks, performance issues or taking you out of compliance with industry regulations such as GDPR or HIPPA. Luckily there's still time get everything updated so you stay in compliance. Windows Server 2008, 2008 R2, Windows 7 will be coming to an end January 14th, 2019, and Server 2008 will end July 9th, 2019.
Below is a schedule of End of Life dates. (Curious to see if one of your products is soon to be outdated? Here's a full list of product update schedules.)
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO STAY UP-TO-DATE
It is essential businesses stay up-to-date with their I.T and networking computing. Whether that is in the realm of performance or security. All too often there are stories of companies getting hacked, customer information being sold, and ultimately the businesses and their owners being held financially and criminally liable. Many-a-time though this is easily avoidable by just keeping your computer systems and networks up-to-date.
WHY IT FEELS LIKE MICROSOFT IS ALWAYS UPDATING
Like everything else in life computing is always evolving, whether that be in terms of enhanced performance or the ability for criminals to break in and steal valuable data. To add to that, Microsoft has a wide range of products, and services. Often times a customer will have 2 or 3 products that work in concert with one another but are actually separate product—meaning they need to be updated separately. Hence, why you may be thinking "I just updated my Operating System, why do I need to update my server now"? They two different products. Though Microsoft goes to great lengths to ensure updating their products goes smooth across the board, it's impossible to know the state of everyone machines.
HOW TO UPDATE YOUR PRODUCTS
While Microsoft would like you to just have "auto-update" on, that's not always the smartest thing to do. Depending on the update it may be wise to back everything up on an external drive or to a cloud backup—especially if this is a business machine. There are any number of things that could go wrong while updating, such as the update stalls out, or there is some unforeseen conflict causing an update no to take hold. In those cases, reaching out to a professional to oversee the update maybe essential.
Right now, Coastal Computer Consulting is offering 20% off to customers who sign up to update their machines today.