Technology icon Microsoft Corporation has announced that support of the server operating system (OS), Windows Server 2003, will officially end next year, according to an article recently published on the E Week website. The article indicates that the company will end the support phase of the OS, bringing the deployment of “security patches and bug fixes” to an end on July 14, 2015 – seeing the same end as Windows XP did this past April. Microsoft cautioned in online video announcements that companies continuing to run Server 2003 will also “start to fail standard compliance audits” forcing them to “purge” the OS if they plan to “continue conducting business“, according to the report.
According to the article, Microsoft warns that “hanging onto the long-lived server OS” could bring dangerous circumstances to the infrastructure of data centers and networking facilities. Corporate Vice President of Windows Server and System Center, Brad Anderson, was quoted in the article saying, “If new issues do happen to be found, the only way to receive additional updates will be through a custom support agreement. Despite its advanced age—Windows Server 2003 will turn 12 when Microsoft pulls support—the company has issued dozens of updates this year alone…Even 10+ years after its release, Microsoft still issued 37 updates for Windows Server 2003 last year, but these regular servicings are now going to end.”
Even though Microsoft has released Windows Server 2008 and 2012 since the launch of Server 2003 11 years ago, the article states that the operating system “maintains a strong grip on some data centers.” Anderson commented additionally in the article regarding this by saying, “The fact of the matter is that there is a significant amount of Windows Server 2003 to upgrade around the world; we estimate that there are more than 15,000,000 physical servers that are likely to be upgraded over the next 12 months.”
Read more about Microsoft’s plans to end support for the aging operating system in the full article and the impact this will have on data centers and technology facilities around the globe over the next year.