Microsoft end of support.
The start of something

Windows Server 2008 and SQLServer are retiring.
There's a right path forward.

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What it is?

In January of 2020, Microsoft will be retiring support for Windows Server and SQLServer 2008/2008 R2. An estimated 56% of all enterprise applications still run on Windows Server 2008.

If you have applications that currently reside on Windows Server 2008, you are most likely affected.

The risks involved

Doing nothing is not an option. If you have workloads running on Windows Server or SQL Server 2008, you are exposed.

  • Loss of Security Updates & Hacker Penetration
  • Application Performance Slowdown & Failure.
  • Increase cost of maintenance
  • Declining User Experience & Competitive Disadvantage.

Choosing the right path forward

You are not alone. Like many of our clients, you are trying to balance the risks of costs and time in your go-forward strategy for affected applications. Your choice here has critical implications on the future of your business operations. At a high level, most enterprises follow one of these macro paths forward.

Lift & Shift

Microsoft has provided an API-driven approach that moves your virtual images to the azure cloud.

Evolve to Containers

Transpose the value of your legacy applications to a container and rehost in the infrastructure of your choice.

Delay the Inevitable

Choose to delay modernization by purchasing extended support from Microsoft.

Shifting to Containers

The future of your Business

Many paths forward

For every technical stack, there’s a right next step. Upgrade, migrate, replatform, refactor, rewrite, retire. Choosing the right course has sweeping business implications.

Why are containers enormously popular?

Containers are the kind of once-per-decade disruptive technology that we’ve seen before with virtualization and the cloud. Due to their many benefits, the adoption of containers is considered to be one of the fastest technology infrastructure movements in recent years. If you are considering deploying workloads to a cloud environment, your applications will undoubtedly meet with container technology.

Here are just a few of the reasons:

  • Ensure deployment consistency across multiple environments.
  • Standardize build, test, deployment, and run across infrastructure.
  • Reduction in host requirements.
  • Reduce development and maintenance costs.
  • Shared host applications are segregated for improved security.
  • Buildable and deployable anywhere
  • 5X more workloads vs. legacy environments
  • Portable across multiple cloud infrastructures

Getting Started on the Journey

While there are many benefits to adopting containers to deploy applications to a cloud environment, they often require application changes in order to rehost. Tackling this transformation can be complex, time consuming, and fraught with risk. Teams embarking on this journey often face many challenges. Assessing your portfolio of applications and understanding your risk exposure manually is untenable. These risks can be mitigated by leveraging a strategic partner who has experience with these application journeys and automation to reduce cost and time.

Automated Portfolio Assessment

Visualize the right road ahead for your infrastructure

Expertise Through Pods

Through our Pods teams, we deliver dedicated experts focused on your specific application needs. Our team of Application Transformation engineers use automation and rich containerization experience to bring confidence at scale

Next Steps to Modernize

If your business has legacy workloads running on Windows Server 2008, it’s time to modernize.Through Application Transformation experience and automation, the Cognizant Softvision team sets the right path forward and supports the transition from start to finish.