Two major enterprise computing platforms are reaching their end of life this week. Tomorrow (January 14th), in fact. While this may seem like a last-minute blog entry, we know there are plenty of you out there still running Windows 7 on corporate desktops and Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2 in your data centers.
Microsoft itself estimated that 60% of its Windows Server install base was still running 2008 back in August. Some of those instances may have been upgraded or migrated to cloud VMs, but we’re betting many of them remain. Unofficial estimates peg the number of Windows 7 machines worldwide at around 200 million.
Change can be hard, especially when your systems seem to be working properly and upgrading appears to be a complex and time-consuming endeavor. But operating systems that have reached End of Support open the door for vulnerabilities, bugs, and incompatibility with newer infrastructure. They also make it more difficult to deploy and support newer software that can improve employee efficiency and empower the business to drive revenue in new areas and to compete with others in the industry. With Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 End of Support upon us, what are your options?
Data migration takes many forms, including moving data between storage locations or mediums, changing the format of the data, and sharing or importing data between applications. It’s required when retiring a legacy system, introducing new apps or services, migrating to the cloud, or consolidating your data center.
Data storage can be a complicated beast thanks to the myriad ways data grows and integrates with various components of your IT infrastructure. A secondary goal of any data migration project should therefore be data management itself, reducing complexities introduced by application logic, customization, governance, and other entanglements.
Regardless of the destination of your data or the business drivers behind the migration, you’ll need to extract your data, modify it, and perform the actual data transfer. Detailed planning and risk evaluation are key before proceeding, especially as you are likely to handle some sensitive information.
When you decide to move your Exchange environment to the cloud, you might be confused to discover that you still need to maintain an on-premises Exchange server. There are several reasons for this, stemming from the migration process and on to Identity Management.
If you’re moving from an active on-premises Exchange deployment, you’ll first configure an interim “Exchange Hybrid” environment which hosts mailboxes within Exchange Online and your local Exchange server. The two locations share namespace, address books, free-busy, calendars, really every Exchange functionality is synced between them. Mail flow and other functions appear to be internal, but might actually be processed and stored in the cloud environment.
Within the tech industry there are many challenges standing in the way of growing tech firms, particularly to those attempting to separate themselves from the rest of the pack.
As an official Microsoft partner since the start of operations, Infront Consulting has created a valuable alliance within the IT industry that has only become stronger as the tech giant has put heavy investment behind datacenter creation and cloud-based infrastructure around the globe.