From the day this blog has been posted, there are just 130 days until Windows Server 2003 support is ending on July 14, 2015.
Now, for many of you, it comes as no surprise (we hope!) and I'm sure it's something you've been hearing about for the last year.
However, this opportunity for change is now just around the corner and with 900K instances still running in the UK, let alone the millions worldwide, it has been described as one of the largest IT opportunities of this decade.
The Windows 2003 EOS could signal the beginning of a new stage in the evolution of many organisations which is a HUGE opportunity for partners to innovate not only their customers' datacentres, but across the delivery and production of applications that drive their business too.
From hardware/software refreshes to assessment and migration services, the opportunity spans across Windows Server 2003, SBS 2003, SQL Server 2005 and older versions of Exchange for partners to help plan the updates and ensure customers' understand the options.
That all sounds good news for partners..... so what about the challenge?
Well, when we take a look at the migration time estimates (and bear in mind these are on the rather optimistic side!) you will really see that it's no longer 130 days of waiting but 130 days of getting out there and keeping your customers current.
For small to mid-size businesses, a Server Migration is estimated at 30-90 days and an Application Migration can take 60+ days!
2 down, 1 to go!
To help partners prepare for Windows Server 2003 migration, Westcoast has been busy hosting regional roadshows to provide them with everything they need to help them successfully migrate customers from Windows 2003.
The first two roadshows in Birmingham and London have been a great success and have been described as “Excellent and Informative”. Therefore we'd firstly like to thank all those that have attended already and wish you every success in the opportunity that the Server 2003 EOS date is providing!
BUT.... We aren't finished yet! It's not too late to find out what Server 2003 EOS means for your customers.
Please refer your colleagues to come to the next ones or if you haven't managed to attend yet we hope to see you at our final event:
Thursday 12th March – Manchester