MERIT Solutions Blog

MERIT Solutions has been serving the Chesapeake area since 1982, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Are You Prepared To Deal With These EOL Events?

Are You Prepared To Deal With These EOL Events?

Using the most up-to-date versions of your technology’s operating systems is one of the best ways to stay secure. Yet, some organizations forego the jump to more recent operating systems due to the immense up-front expense represented by upgrading multiple servers or workstations at once. Unfortunately, this can be detrimental to your organization’s security, and potentially even put your business’s future at risk.

The reasoning for this is simple; when a Windows software reaches its End of Life event, it stops receiving any mission-critical patches or security updates that resolve operational deficiencies and patch up security flaws that could expose your data to malicious entities. By using software that has reached its End of Life, you are effectively crippling your business in a way which could easily be resolved with some proactive and well-thought-out upgrades.

Just this past April, the often-forgotten-about Windows Vista fell off Microsoft support. Before that was Windows XP, which was used by a major portion of the Windows user base. Now, the next Windows End of Life scheduled to occur is Windows 7 on January 14th, 2020. Coincidentally, a common server software is also reaching its End of Life on the very same day: Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise.

Businesses that rely on these popular software solutions will need to make the jump to more recent operating systems in order to guarantee network security. Unfortunately, the time and resources it takes to upgrade multiple workstations or servers makes it tempting to just ignore it for the time being. The problem with this is that placing such an important update on the back burner means that your organization is in danger of data breaches, as any systems running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 RN would no longer be receiving patches for major security flaws or operational issues.

Waiting until the last minute to implement fixes for this issue is absolutely not recommended. Upgrading the operating systems on workstations and servers could come with hidden hurdles that need to be considered prior to implementation. What if your legacy applications stop working as intended? Drastic changes like these often also mean implementing new hardware, which means you might need to halt operations momentarily. Can your operations sustain the significant downtime that this would cause? The answer is no. No downtime is acceptable, and you should strive to make the upgrade process as seamless as possible.

The solution is to think about this problem now before 2020 arrives and Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 RN are rendered dead in the water. You still have plenty of time to consider what you want to do about this End of Life event. This is why we’re letting you know now. If you need a hand in the process of upgrading away from these operating systems, MERIT Solutions would be glad to help. To learn more, reach out to us at (757) 420-5150. your social media marketing partner


No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Captcha Image

Tag Cloud

Security Tip of the Week Technology Cloud Privacy Best Practices Business Computing Hackers Software Network Security Malware Hosted Solutions Backup google Internet Productivity Disaster Recovery Microsoft Managed IT Services Computer Business Continuity IT Support Outsourced IT Windows 10 Mobile Devices VoIP Business User Tips Hardware IT Services communications Innovation Business Management Email Productivity Mobility Windows Data Backup Managed IT Server Cybercrime Ransomware Mobile Device Management Cybersecurity Efficiency Smartphone Saving Money Data Recovery Save Money Telephone Systems Small Business Apps Virtualization Operating System Law Enforcement browser Hosted Solution Quick Tips Android BYOD Data BDR Money VPN Passwords Information Technology Password Recovery Holiday Office 365 Microsoft Office Chrome Google Drive Hacking Avoiding Downtime App Communication Unsupported Software Alert Health Miscellaneous Cloud Computing Managed Service Provider Computers Facebook Government Work/Life Balance Social Media Phishing Gadgets Budget Smartphones Data Management Social upgrade Wireless search Risk Management Automation Telephony Collaboration Identity Theft IT Support User Error Office tips Applications Private Cloud History Shortcut Windows 10 Proactive IT Best Practice Wi-Fi Vulnerability Firewall Application The Internet of Things Current Events Workplace Tips Audit Managed IT Services Personal Information Politics Two-factor Authentication Data Security USB Wireless Technology Save Time Computer Care Phone System Going Green Bandwidth iPhone Data Protection Encryption Mobile Computing Users Transportation Redundancy Artificial Intelligence Commerce Robot Flexibility Remote Computing Cortana End of Support Cost Management Gmail SaaS Internet of Things Update Spam Samsung Antivirus Excel Humor Disaster Content Filtering IT solutions Battery DDoS HaaS Data Storage Employer-Employee Relationship OneNote Compliance Data Breach Network Sports Television Social Engineering Automobile Apple Streaming Media Hacker Marketing Saving Time Internet Exlporer Solid State Drive WiFi Cleaning Office Google Docs HBO Webinar Video Games Conferencing Virtual Reality Microsoft Word Mobile Scam Microsoft Excel remote IT solutions Music eWaste Legal Gifts PDF Yahoo Professional Services Employer Employee Relationship Running Cable File Sharing Server 2008 IT Management Maintenance Windows 10s Analytics Text Messaging Ali Rowghani Trending Instant Messaging Travel Nanotechnology Keyboard Computer Accessories Worker Commute Storage WIndows Server 2008 Hard Disk Drive Mobile Device Big Data Credit Cards Managing Stress Tablets Root Cause Analysis server installation dvd "cannot install required files" stock Patch Management Laptop Uninterrupted Power Supply Books Scalability FAQ Education NFL Augmented Reality Hiring/Firing Touchscreen Vendor Management Router Lifestyle Business Intelligence tweet Outlook Touchpad How To Charger Word Reputation Benefits Legislation Advertising calculator Managed IT Service Twitter iOS Unified Threat Management Wireless Charging Windows Ink control Data storage Training Entertainment Comparison WSJ Regulation Computer Fan Upgrades Electronic Medical Records Evernote Point of Sale Google Maps Administration Exchange Chromecast Company Culture HIPAA Distributed Denial of Service Specifications altivista Screen Mirroring Sync Dark Web Consultant Black Market Networking Software as a Service Colocation SBS Meetings Smart Technology Emails Value Tech Support Avoid Downtime Sales Hard Drives compaq Cast Adobe Files Shadow IT Workers Lithium-ion battery Document Management Wearable Technology Data Loss Settings Administrator Experience Retail hp Updates Licensing WannaCry Relocation domain Access Monitors Worker Remote Monitoring Thank You Congratulations CrashOverride Safety Emergency Cache

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code dieser Seite

Recent Comments

Anna Jackson 5 SEO Tools To Get a Google-Eye View of Your Website
15 September 2017
Hello Randall! I was doing very important work but due to your subject I felt better to stay at you...
David Miller Not all project-management tools are right for all businesses
25 August 2017
All the points depicted by you in this blog is v.apt. I love the title of this blog because it says ...