Welcome!

@CloudExpo Authors: Liz McMillan, Yeshim Deniz, Zakia Bouachraoui, Pat Romanski, Elizabeth White

Related Topics: @CloudExpo, Java IoT, Microsoft Cloud, @ThingsExpo

@CloudExpo: Blog Post

Windows XP Countdown Foreshadows End of Support for Windows Server 2003

Industry watchers are very interested in seeing what happens to those vulnerable desktops after April

"Meanwhile, in Windows XP land, the countdown continues with the April deadline looming" said Jessica Davis in a recent article in MSPmentor.  "Reports say that the XP installed base has dipped below 30 percent for the first time, while comments on this same story speculate that the numbers are much higher still. Meanwhile, if you have customers with XP machines still in place, you need to be worrying how you will secure those after the deadline. Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows XP is sharing the same dead date with the OS it supports, according to this report."

Industry watchers are very interested in seeing what happens to those vulnerable desktops after April.  Will a storm of viruses be unleashed?  Let's hope not, but we'll have to wait to find out.  What does happen next will provide insight into the predicament that customers running Windows Server 2003 will face next summer when it reaches the end of support in July.

We are hearing from some AppZero customers that the required custom support agreements needed in order to purchase extended support for WS2003 are very costly. (Pricing for extended support for will be communicated to customers by Microsoft this summer.) That's just one of the reasons why forward-looking enterprises are taking this opportunity to conduct an app inventory.  As you take a closer look at all of the applications running in the enterprise, different decisions can be made.

For example, the end of support may be the right time to retire some legacy apps.  As the rest of the applications are migrated off of WS2003, perhaps some are well suited to move to the cloud, while you prefer to keep other on-premises.  Below are just some of the details you should gather as you begin your app inventory:

  • Application Name
  • Application Version
  • Application Vendor Support available?
  • Is the System backed?
  • Application Owner/Sys Admin
  • Migration Window
  • Service Level Agreements?
  • Business value and
  • Has the application migration or OS modification been tried before
  • System Type (Physical or Virtual)
  • OS Source and Target
  • Physical Source and Target (Datacenter, Rack, Location)
  • Known external software level dependencies
  • Known external hardware level dependencies
  • Application Components/Services

If you would like assistance in conducting an application assessment or inventory to better inform your application migration planning feel free to contact AppZero.  Keep in mind, the countdown to WS2003 end of support has begun.

More Stories By Adine Deford

Adine Deford is the CMO for AppZero – the fastest and most flexible way to move workloads across clouds and datacenter servers, without re-engineering, re-installation, or lock-in. With more than two decades of technology marketing experience, she has a deep understanding of the power of “trigger events” in launching disruptive technologies. She predicts that the end of life for Windows Server 2003 scheduled for July 2015, will be the event that puts application migration, particularly cloud migration on the map. You can follow her on Twitter at @AdineDeford.

CloudEXPO Stories
There's no doubt that blockchain technology is a powerful tool for the enterprise, but bringing it mainstream has not been without challenges. As VP of Technology at 8base, Andrei is working to make developing a blockchain application accessible to anyone. With better tools, entrepreneurs and developers can work together to quickly and effectively launch applications that integrate smart contracts and blockchain technology. This will ultimately accelerate blockchain adoption on a global scale.
Cloud-enabled transformation has evolved from cost saving measure to business innovation strategy -- one that combines the cloud with cognitive capabilities to drive market disruption. Learn how you can achieve the insight and agility you need to gain a competitive advantage. Industry-acclaimed CTO and cloud expert, Shankar Kalyana presents. Only the most exceptional IBMers are appointed with the rare distinction of IBM Fellow, the highest technical honor in the company. Shankar has also received the prestigious Outstanding Technical Achievement Award three times - an accomplishment befitting only the most innovative thinkers. Shankar Kalyana is among the most respected strategists in the global technology industry. As CTO, with over 32 years of IT experience, Mr. Kalyana has architected, designed, developed, and implemented custom and packaged software solutions across a vast spectrum o...
When building large, cloud-based applications that operate at a high scale, it’s important to maintain a high availability and resilience to failures. In order to do that, you must be tolerant of failures, even in light of failures in other areas of your application. “Fly two mistakes high” is an old adage in the radio control airplane hobby. It means, fly high enough so that if you make a mistake, you can continue flying with room to still make mistakes. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Lee Atchison, Principal Cloud Architect and Advocate at New Relic, will discuss how this same philosophy can be applied to highly scaled applications, and can dramatically increase your resilience to failure.
SAP is the world leader in enterprise applications in terms of software and software-related service revenue. Based on market capitalization, we are the world's third largest independent software manufacturer. Harness the power of your data and accelerate trusted outcome-driven innovation by developing intelligent and live solutions for real-time decisions and actions on a single data copy. Support next-generation transactional and analytical processing with a broad set of advanced analytics - run securely across hybrid and multicloud environments.
Founded in 2002 and headquartered in Chicago, Nexum® takes a comprehensive approach to security. Nexum approaches business with one simple statement: “Do what’s right for the customer and success will follow.” Nexum helps you mitigate risks, protect your data, increase business continuity and meet your unique business objectives by: Detecting and preventing network threats, intrusions and disruptions Equipping you with the information, tools, training and resources you need to effectively manage IT risk Nexum, Latin for an arrangement by which one pledged one’s very liberty as security, Nexum is committed to ensuring your security. At Nexum, We Mean Security®.