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Cyber Security Researchers warn Windows Server 2003 users

Cyber Security Researchers warn Windows Server 2003 users

Cyber Security researchers have warned Microsoft Windows Server 2003 users in the country to either upgrade or use high security practices as the Microsoft have announced its ‘end of life.’

Tech Gaint Microsoft has announced that the July 14, 2015 will be the ‘End of Life for Microsoft Windows Server 2003. Security updates & patches will no longer be available for Microsoft Windows 2003. As the older servers will be more vulnerable to hacking attacks which could be risking both the business as well as the intellectual property.

This action is expected to drive global demand for upgrading more than 10 million Windows Server 2003 servers. Since tech giant normally spend about 200-350 days evaluating server upgrades, Microsoft recommended companies to start their preparations early for a stable transition. Microsoft has also partnered with tech giants such as Dell and Intel to assist users to upgrade to Windows Server 2012 R2 or expand to Microsoft Azure.

IDC’s figures showed that worldwide server providers’ revenues were US$12.6 billion in the second quarter of 2014, up 2.5% from the same quarter a year ago, while shipments reached 2.2 million units.

However, some market watchers believe Microsoft ending its technical support for Windows Server 2003 may prompt some enterprises to turn to Linux OS instead and could slightly affect Windows’ market share in the server market.

Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) has also issued a advisory to users – “It is recommended that all users and companies who are using Windows Server 2003 should look for software vendors and service providers who offer assistance in migrating from Windows Server 2003 to a supported operating system or a cloud-based service”.

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