It might have taken a while but the alarm calls around the demise of Windows Server 2003 are getting louder with each passing day with the July cut-off for support moving ever closer.
In the past couple of weeks several channel players have raised the issue, which emerged as one of the main points of discussion at the recent Cloud Expo show, with Advanced 365 claiming that 1.6m organisations worldwide are still using the OS, with 400,000 businesses in the UK among that total.
Camwood has put its own number to the amount of servers still running Windows 2003 and it runs into the millions (see image).
Up to now most of the discussion with customers has been around whether or not they will carry on with a straight upgrade or move to the cloud. But there could be another dimension to the conversation in the form of talking about the security implications.
"After the recent migration away from Windows XP, IT departments should be more aware than ever of the dangers of using an out-of-date platform. And yet, the lack of awareness surrounding Server 2003 is about to pose an unprecedented security threat to businesses all over the world," said Ade Foxall, CEO of Camwood, who has co-authored a report on the subject.
“While this issue may not generate the same levels of interest as viruses and hackers, the truth of the matter is that these things would be far less common if it weren’t for the security weak spots left by poor OS management. It is these security weak spots that we are now expecting to see across millions of devices all around the globe. This is why we consider Server 2003 to be the most significant IT security threat for the year to come," he added.
The channel player has been monitoring the amount of coverage that the end of Windows Server 2003 has received and it is barely anywhere near the same as the Windows XP issue received.
Camwood has argued that the lack of debate about the issue has caused most users to be woefully under prepared for the need to migrate come the end of Windows Server 2003 support in mid-July.