What to Do When IT Services Run Out of Maintenance?
Possible options for End of Life Windows 2012
Are you looking for a concrete solution to modernize your outdated components Windows 2012 and Windows 2012 R2 Systems as well as SQL Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012 R2?
1. Upgrade without technology change
In this procedure, a new server in the latest or a more recent version is set up parallel to the existing system. The application is installed on the new system, and relevant application data is transferred to the new system using "Backup & Restore". After a successful test, the delta is copied, and the old system is switched off as the new system takes over.
2. Upgrade without technology change (In Place Upgrade)
The significant advantage of this upgrade scenario is that the system itself is not changed. Thus, there will be no new IP address, and other authorizations and accesses will remain the same. However, a "rollback" scenario should be defined in advance, and testing should not be underestimated.
3. No upgrade without technology change
The Extended Security Update (ESU) program is a final option for customers who need to run certain older Microsoft products after support expires. It includes critical and/or essential security updates for three years after the end date of extended support for the product. Comprehensive security updates are distributed when available. ESUs do not include new features or security-related updates.
4. No upgrade with technology change
Migrating to Microsoft Azure gives you more time to plan a complete application architecture modernization. To do this, Microsoft is offering free extended security updates for three more years after the deadline for Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 and SQL Server 2012. You can combine this with Azure Hybrid Benefit to get significant savings on Azure by leveraging existing on-premises SQL Server and Windows Server licenses in the cloud at no additional cost.
5. Upgrade with complete modernization of the application architecture
With this transition to the cloud, you save IT costs, keep IT costs, and benefit from the growing efficiency of your applications and processes. Especially if companies have already completed the first lift & shift migrations to the cloud, there is still a lot of potential lying dormant in the systems. This applies particularly to on-premises applications, which benefit significantly from application modernization after a successful cloud transformation. Outdated components" in particular can be your so-called low-hanging fruit for modernizing the application architecture.