Don’t end up at the back of the line without security or support
Back in December, we released a casual cautionary post about how it was time to schedule your Windows upgrade because of Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 end of support happening soon.
But today, my friends, we take to the streets donning sandwich board signs and shouting in all caps for you to “UPGRADE, FOR THE END IS NEAR!”
If you use Windows 7, or Server 2008 R2, today is the day to schedule your upgrade. Not tomorrow. And certainly not in December. Still, many are under the impression that the January 14, 2020 date means there’s no rush (I have a guess what type of student members of this group were in college).
But why should you be calling your trusted IT service provider today, of all days? So glad you asked.
Why you need to upgrade now
The single biggest reason to start the upgrade process today is that, frankly, many of your peers are dragging their feet. If you schedule your upgrade today, you’ll seal your position at the front of the line, with no sweat on your brow, and secure your business needs.
If you wait, the consequences could include:
- Incredible stress when you’re told the next available upgrade spot in February — a month after your support and security updates lapse
- Glaring security flaws that enterprising hackers and criminals are waiting to pounce on immediately after Windows end of support
- Lost efficiency as you use an outdated product without any chance of manufacturer support
Once you have your assessment with Varay, you can expect your upgrade’s scheduling and purchasing process to take four to six weeks. But there could be additional waiting to account for if you also need new hardware, so, at the risk of getting preachy, “SCHEDULE TODAY!”
And as much as I hate to be a Debbie Downer, since we’re talking about end of support, the obvious worst case scenario for foot-draggers is ransomware or a virus sauntering into an unprotected PC or server and shutting down an organization for good.
Read this if you use Windows Server 2008 R2
If you’ve been using Windows Server 2008 R2, we’ve got good news, and hard news.
The good news is: Your server is probably already out of warranty and experiencing slow performance, so you’re going to love your new upgrade.
The hard news: You’re best bet is to upgrade not only your software, but your hardware as well. This is a major project that requires greater investment and planning than a simple software upgrade, so we can’t overemphasize the importance of starting the conversation today.
Varay has the experience to help you choose the right server for your organization, and walk you through each stage of planning and installation with as little downtime as possible.
Don’t wait: Schedule your upgrade today
Whether you’re using the software set to kick the bucket with this Windows 7/Windows 2008 R2 end of support cycle or not, Varay is here to help you evaluate your organization’s IT needs before they become IT problems.
Take our free IT Scorecard quiz. It’s a two-minute investment that can pay off big time in improved efficiency and security.
If you’re ready to jump to the front of the line, schedule your Windows end of support upgrade today!