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Windows Server 2003 Migration By @AppZero_Inc | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

When it comes to Windows Server 2003, a wait and see approach won't work

Everything You Want to Know about Windows Server 2003 Migration

It's spring in the Northeast, and this week we're launching a new blog post series, "Everything You Want to Know about Windows Server 2003 Migration." Why a series of posts on WS2003? Even as summer and EOS is just months away, our "State of Readiness for Windows Server 2003 End of Support" survey reveals the shocking truth: most of you haven't done anything about remediation yet, and most will not complete your upgrades before the deadline.

Fortunately, AppZero and our partners have been very, very busy. In case you can't hear the rage from there, it's been a rough winter in Massachusetts, where extreme cold and record-breaking snowfall completely shut down the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, often referred to as the MBTA or The T, the public operator of our bus, subway, commuter rail, and ferry routes.

If ever there was a lesson in how prioritizing expansion over maintenance can lead to disaster, the MBTA is it. Now more than $6.7B in debt, the T and the city have filed for Federal assistance, the General Manager has stepped down, and our transit system is facing a massive backlog in maintenance issues. We're currently waiting to see what a special commission will decide -- an inevitable audit, possible receivership and/or going back to an angry public to raise fares and taxes are distinct possibilities.

When it comes to Windows Server 2003 EOS, a wait and see, postpone maintenance for other less painful programs strategy is definitely not recommended. Don't be like the MBTA and defer much needed maintenance. Invest in modernization to protect against the inevitable and growing risk of an unforeseen event (security exploit, compliance failure or stalled new implementation due to WS2003 coverage).

The great news is a lot of companies -- especially those in banking, insurance, pharmaceutical and other regulated industries -- have forged out ahead of you. They've migrated the applications they anticipated would be difficult, figured out which applications could be moved to the cloud and learned all sorts of important lessons.

  • How do I get past being overwhelmed by the assessment phase?
  • What do we do when we're missing source code?
  • How do we convince business units to migrate aging applications?

These are some of the challenges our customers have faced and our guest bloggers will address.

Speaking of bloggers, let me introduce Greg Dennis and Troy Hummon, who are both AppZero Solutions Architects, server and cloud migration and datacenter modernization experts and two guys who have unique vantage points on the whole server upgrade cycle driven by the expiration of Microsoft Windows Server 2003. They work with nearly 100 AppZero-certified partners, including virtually all of the major Systems Integrators that are attacking the WS2003 remediation challenge. That includes Dell, HP, IBM, Microsoft, as well as many of the global leaders in IT consulting and services.

They know about as much as can be known about how those organizations that have already been through the process have successfully migrated and modernized their application and support infrastructure. They understand that if you are reading here you are looking for clarity and brevity, less complexity and less salesmanship. There are no two better guys in the world to give practical, real life how-to advise on WS 2003 migrations.

Finally, the title of this post is "Everything You Want to Know about WS2003 Migrations." We want to address topics that are top of mind for you, problems you're encountering or anticipating or really, anything related to WS2003 upgrades. Shoot us a line and let us know what you want to hear about. We're not going anywhere, at least until the snow melts.

More Stories By Greg O'Connor

Greg O'Connor is President & CEO of AppZero. Pioneering the Virtual Application Appliance approach to simplifying application-lifecycle management, he is responsible for translating Appzero's vision into strategic business objectives and financial results.

O'Connor has over 25 years of management and technical experience in the computer industry. He was founder and president of Sonic Software, acquired in 2005 by Progress Software (PRGS). There he grew the company from concept to over $40 million in revenue.

At Sonic, he evangelized and created the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) product category, which is generally accepted today as the foundation for Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). Follow him on Twitter @gregoryjoconnor.

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