From server to cloud: 5 killer reasons you need hosted desktop
By Luke Fussell • 20 Nov 2014
Thousands of small-medium businesses may not even know about the time-bomb ticking in their server room.
A few months ago, Microsoft pulled the pin on security and technical support for the Exchange (email) and SharePoint (document sharing) products that form part of the massively popular Small Business Server (SBS) 2003.
By July next year, there’ll be zero support for SBS 2003 at all. In fact, the plan is for Microsoft to gradually withdraw support for all small business servers. For businesses still using those servers, that means 0% support; 100% risk, with their IT security exposed.
So, what’s the silver bullet?
In one: Microsoft’s decision is a great opportunity for organisations to modernise by moving their desktop to the cloud - with hosted desktop.
Why small business servers are a threat to your businesses
With support from Microsoft already pulled for three of the six products contained within the Windows Small Business Server 2003, for those business critical products you no longer receive:
- security updates
- hot fixes
- any kind of support options (free or paid)
- any updates on technical content
And with a now insecure server, all of your email, documents and processes are vulnerable. This, in turn, could lead to five scenarios:
Loss of critical business systems
You don’t need me to tell you how frustrating and sometimes damaging it can be when your email server goes down. And what if you can no longer access your business systems or apps? Sadly, for some industries, such as the emergency services, systems failure can quite literally be fatal.
For regulated organisations, or businesses that work within strict time constraints, the loss of critical business systems can result in serious short- and long-term effects.
Loss of productivity
With IT system failure, employees simply can’t function. They can’t access emails, calendars, documents and systems – it can paralyse a business. Disruption to data access and communications invariably cripple productivity, smother efficiency and clout business growth a bang on the head.
Dent in your reputation
If a cyber-criminal takes advantage of your weakened security and successfully disrupts your business, you could find yourself dealing with the wrath of unhappy clients, customers, partners or suppliers. As with an individual person, reputation can make or break a business. Risking this should be avoided at all costs.
Business downtime has direct implications on billing and investment losses. It can even mean having to pay compensation or suffer the loss of future revenues. Then there’s the potential impact on cash flow, payment guarantees and your credit rating.
“Two out of five companies that experience a disaster go out of business within five years.”
Many businesses never recover. According to Gartner, the global technology analysts, two out of five businesses that experience a disaster go out of business within five years.
The bottom line is that if you're running a Small Business Server 2003, you need to move your business to a modern operating system as soon as possible.
Why hosted desktop is the silver bullet
With hosted desktop, all of your files, applications and folders are instantly accessible from any device with an internet connection. It’s completely secure, with a guaranteed uptime of 99.9%, supported by a robust Service Level Agreement (SLA). You simply connect to our cloud platform and go.
How to avoid the pain of cloud migration to hosted desktop
"38% of cloud migrations fail." ~ Ovum
Cloud migration is a highly specialised and often difficult process to get right. It's not something you want to take on yourself, unless you're confident you have the right in-house resources in terms of expertise and time. Too many businesses have tried. 38% have failed, according to technology consultancy, Ovum.
At Cloud Direct, we do have the expertise. And, unusually for the industry, we offer a fixed cost and fixed outcome solution to migration and systems integration. And our future-proofed hosted desktop solution provides additional security, flexibility and mobility, whilst allowing seamless integration with your existing mail and business applications.
To find out more about how we can help you avoid the pain of migration, contact our professional services team on 0800 0789 437.
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