2014 State of Readiness for Windows 2003 End of Support: Poll Results
Most IT administrators are painfully aware that Windows Server 2003 will
reach the end of extended support in July 2015. This is a big deal because
Windows Server 2003 has been a monster success since it was released 11 years
ago. From 2003 to 2010 this platform was the workhorse for applications
deployed at both small businesses and large enterprises. And, even though
Microsoft released a major update with Windows 2008, late in 2008, most
enterprises stuck with Windows 2003 until Windows Server 2008 R2 launched on
October 22, 2009.
The newest Windows Server platform is 2012, R2 and little is publicly known
about the number of production instances. As of the summer of 2014 however,
it was widely reported that Microsoft believed there to be 22+ million
Windows 2003 Servers still running productio... (more)
Editor's note: An abridged version of this post ran last week on
the Gigaom blog.
With an ear to the ground and an eye on the sky, Gigaom's Barb Darrow
chronicles the competitive factors shaping the bumpy journey that is cloud
computing among the superpowers (AWS in fight of its life as customers like
Dropbox ponder hybrid clouds and Google pricing). Wherever you stand on the
debate over which cloud giant will reign supreme, it's clear the economic
forces shaping the market are evolving quickly.
Now comes new cloud computing data based on Total Cost of Infrastructure
(TCOI) pr... (more)
AppZero has announced that Wragby Business Solutions & Technologies Limited,
a Microsoft cloud partner in Nigeria, has joined the AppZero Partner Program
as a Gold Partner for Nigeria and the rest of West Africa. Through the
partner program, AppZero collaborates with system integrators, service
providers and resellers to support enterprise application migrations to and
across datacenters and clouds.
The Partner Program is the foundation of AppZero's worldwide channel strategy
to ensure comprehensive global coverage of its award-winning application
migration software in the run-u... (more)
Most people are aware that Windows Server 2003 is coming to the End of
Support (EOS) on July 14th 2015. This means enterprises are more or less
forced to stop running applications on the WS2003 Operating System, migrate
them to a newer OS or replace them. EOS dramatically changes the solid
"run-your-business operating platform" to one where there will be no security
patches, no compliance and escalating costs. There are few events that open
up such large security concerns, throw compliance out the window and have a
greater than million dollar price tag all at the same time.
Virtualization Magazine on Ulitzer
Here's my premise: high impact, culture-bending technological innovations -
however different they may be one from another - conform to a predictable
template of evolution. It goes something like this:
1. Break-thru - The point of entry at which a technology breaks
onto the market scene doing something old in a dramatically new way. The
break-thru vendor, frequently a modest sized venture or start-up, faces the
uphill struggle to educate, and otherwise evangelize its would-be market.
It is an expensive, labor-intensive phase in which t... (more)