Windows 7 and Server 2008 End of Life
By John Almeter
If you’re still clinging to your old Windows 7 devices and servers running Windows 2008, you should know that the day is relentlessly drawing closer when Microsoft is going to stop supporting these Operating Systems (OS) altogether. On January 14, 2020, Microsoft will end support for Windows 7 and Server 2008. That means no more updates, security or otherwise, will be offered by the company from that date forward.
We have all seen those Windows popups notifying us to update our system. But do you know what those updates are? One of the critical functions is to patch security vulnerabilities and protect you against new viruses and malware. When January 14, 2020 comes, you will no longer receive these updates and patches to protect you. In fact, it’s the opposite. You will open the door inviting cybercriminals and viruses into your system. Hackers around the world are going to find flaws in Windows 7/Server 2008 armor and Microsoft isn’t going to be around to fix them.
Now is the time to consider the Desktops2Go® solution. If you still have devices and servers running Windows 7/Server 2008, they were likely purchased more than 3 years ago which means they are coming to end of life as well. 3 years is a typical hardware life cycle and that is under the best of circumstances. It could very well be that you are not only looking at licensing upgrade costs but also costs associated with replacing these devices and servers. This is where Desktops2Go® can save you money.
Consider purchasing a “thin client” which is a computing device specifically designed to run from resources stored on a hosted virtual server instead of a localized hard drive. Thin clients work by connecting remotely to a cloud hosting server where most applications, sensitive data, and memory, are now stored. Thin clients are cost-effective because they require fewer hardware resources such as memory and processors than a traditional PC.
By moving to Desktops2Go®, you no longer need an onsite server not to mention the costly licensing and supporting infrastructure such as backup solutions, rack and power etc. With Desktops2Go®, you will always be running on the latest OS version and will rest easy knowing your data is protected in 2 locations and won’t lose productivity from an onsite server issue. You also no longer have to worry about physically protecting your onsite server (and business-critical data!) from a rogue employee, natural disaster, or a virus attack.
Contact us today to find out how the Desktops2Go® solution can help you move off of your Windows 7/Sever 2008 devices before the January deadline.
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