Small Business Server 2003 end-of-life: Advice for small businesses
Microsoft Small Business Server (SBS) 2003 powers many small businesses and will go ‘end-of-life’ at the beginning of 2014. While it will continue to work past that date, it raises some important issues for small businesses running the software.
No More Updates
The Microsoft Support Lifecycle is ten years and at that point Microsoft stop releasing security updates and patches. These updates are essential to keep your business IT as protected as possible. Any new vulnerabilities found in SBS2003 could be exploited by hackers and without the security patches could bring down your business infrastructure.
Time To Move To The Cloud?
The current equivalent from Microsoft is Small Business Server 2011. Complicating matters, this will be retired as well at the end of 2013 in favour of Windows Server 2012 Essentials. Should you upgrade to SBS 2011, that will also be out of date and unsupported very soon! One way to sidestep this issue is to move to a Cloud based system instead of software installed on your own servers.
Benefits of Cloud Systems
Some immediate benefits of using Cloud based systems instead of software on your own servers include:
- Monthly subscription costs rather than upfront costs for servers and software licenses
- Lower IT support costs as you don’t need to maintain the servers and software patches
- Quickly scalable if your business grows
How IDT Can Help
Time is running out – don’t get stuck with out of date, unsupported and vulnerable software. It’s only a matter of time before exploits are found and SBS2003 systems are attacked with potentially disastrous results for your business. IDT can help you transition to Cloud based business systems, offering consultancy, training and migration.
Call us today on 0115 9684949 or email firstname.lastname@example.org