Why You Should Migrate Windows Server 2008 R2 to Azure
The Windows Server 2008 R2 was something that many businesses adopted when it was introduced and continued to use over the years. It was a great server to store and access applications, data and documents. It worked perfectly for what they were trying to accomplish and was easy to use, but using this server in 2021 is not going to be your best option for a multitude of reasons, with security being the main focus here.
Aside from the Windows Server 2008 R2 not being supported anymore (as of January 2020), where you are unable to get support from anyone, including from Microsoft, it is just not a secure server at this point. The security risk that still using this server presents far outweighs the costs that a business would incur in buying a more updated, secure and supported physical server, or putting that data into Azure (this is the preferred route). This server is very easily breached and any technical hacker that sees this being used over the internet will be licking their lips to get their hands on it and the data inside of it. Long story short, your business data is as unsecure as it could be if you are still using this server to store it and it's time to look at an upgrade.
Migrating away from a Windows Server 2008 R2 does have it's complications as well and it is best to seek out a professional to help with this. Because you are migrating off of such an old version of a server that has not been supported for some time, there are a lot of steps that need to be taken to get the data migrated properly.
RyanTech has dealt with this type of migration many times and we are still seeing customers use these servers, so we have a lot of experience in migrating and consulting with current users of the WS2008 R2 on what the best option is to come off of it. If this is something that you have been thinking about, or are reading this and realizing for the first time that it might be time to move on, reach out to us! We will be here for you every step of the way.