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
Thursday, 24 August 2017
If you'd like to register, please fill in the username, password and name fields.

Tag Cloud

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

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code dieser Seite

Recent Comments

No comments yet.