4 Steps to Upgrading Server Operating Systems Quickly and Cost-Effectively

With many organizations using legacy operating systems, like Windows Server 2003, IT estates are at risk from the latest Malware attacks

A report by Spiceworks revealed 53% of businesses in its survey are using at least one instance of Windows Server 2003. The report also found Windows Server 2003 has an overall market share of 18%, which is supported by similar figures from a research project by CloudPhysics. Since the report was published in 2016, cyber security threats have grown exponentially, but server updates and upgrades have not kept pace. By continuing to use legacy operating systems and software, organizations are exposed to cyber security risks and disruption to mission critical business operations.

In 2017, many of these systems would have been vulnerable to the WannaCry ransomware attack that spread rapidly across the globe. Now, in 2019, Microsoft has announced a new security vulnerability that effects all of these older operating systems.

To protect business interests and shareholder equity, organizations must prioritize upgrades to their infrastructure. Upgrades of this kind are recommended at least every 5 years, with many companies opting for a much shorter cycle, but the process for changing server operating systems and software is no easy task.

In this white paper we will explore:

  • The types of operating systems used by organizations
  • What risks organizations face
  • How IT teams can protect their estates and networks
  • The best approach to upgrading operating systems
  • How to automate the collation of the most complete and accurate inventory of IT hardware and software assets
  • How to use next generation ITAM and SAM solutions to improve IT governance and security

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