Earlier this month, Microsoft discontinued its support for Windows Server 2003. Although this has left many companies in a panic, it presents an ideal opportunity to upgrade to a newer, more secure operating system.
The final chapter has been written in the story of one of the most widely deployed operating systems in Microsoft’s history. As of midnight last Monday, 14 July, the company ceased offering support for Windows Server 2003. This means that there will be no more security updates, non-security hotfixes, free assisted support options or online technical content updates from Microsoft for the ageing platform.
Over the course of the last twelve years, business infrastructure solutions built to run on Windows Server 2003 operating system (OS) helped prepare the way for the information age, by making the use of computing power omnipresent across enterprises as well as small to medium sized businesses.
The OS played the starring role in the success stories of many companies by computerising core business operations such as email and data servers for companies of all sizes over the last decade. New business trends such as mobility, cloud computing, the internet of things, and big data analytics, have along with the arrival of more advanced technology, reshaped the business environment to a point beyond Windows Server 2003’s capabilities and technological limits.
“Windows Server 2003 was not designed for the business requirements of the mobile-first, cloud-first world. Companies still using Windows Server 2003 need to implement additional workarounds to run components in the cloud or when they want to deliver a productivity boost to their employees by connecting them with suppliers and customers from anywhere, anytime, as well as any device,” says Leon Wright, Cloud & Enterprise Business Group Lead at Microsoft SA.
Wright added that many organisations will no longer meet many industrywide compliance standards and regulations after support ends. Running unsupported software also carries with it significant security risks, since companies will no longer receive notifications of vulnerabilities that may affect their servers.
Capitalising upon the modernisation opportunity
The end of support for Windows Server 2003 can have serious impact on your business, but it also represents an opportunity to modernise and upgrade to more powerful, more capable technologies that support improved performance for your organisation.
· Upgrading to newer OS versions like Windows Server 2012 R2 will ensure that businesses have access to a scalable platform that is able to support the way business is being done in the digital era.
· Modernising infrastructure by migrating workloads such as Exchange to Microsoft Office 365 will help staff experience the latest productivity innovations and also reduce your management burden.
· Web applications can be migrated to Microsoft Azure for the improved reach, scale and cost efficiency.
“On the whole, the modernisation process should result in businesses experiencing significant benefits that include improved performance, higher reliability, enhanced security and increased flexibility in responding to business needs,” concludes Wright.
Win a Poster Heater with Gadget and Takealot.com
This winter Gadget and Takealot.com are giving away three Poster Heaters, which look like posters but become heaters when you plug them in.
Three Gadget readers will each win a unit, valued at R550 each. To enter, follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter and tell us on the @GadgetZA account how many Watts the heater consumes.
What’s the big deal about these heaters? Many of us are struggling to keep the balance between soaring electricity costs and the need to keep warm this winter.
However, the recently launched Poster Heater by EasyHeat and distributed in South Africa by Takealot.com is not only one of the most cost effective electric heaters currently on the market, it is also easy to setup and use.
As the name indicates, it is a poster similar to one you would hang on a wall. But, plug it in and it turns into a 300 Watt heater. The Poster Heater isn’t designed to heat hallways or large rooms, but rather smaller ones like a bedroom or a baby’s nursery or a dressing room.
It uses radiant heating, which means that it heats up in a couple of minutes and the heat is directed at the objects or people around it, quickly taking the chill out of the air and providing a comfortable ambient temperature.
The other advantage of radiant heating is that it doesn’t dry out the air like infrared or gas heaters. Users also don’t have to worry about their children or pets getting too close to it because, even though it gets hot, it can be touched.
To enter the competition follow the steps below:
Competition entry details:
3. The competition closes on 31 July 2018.
4. Winners will be notified via Twitter on 1 August and Takealot.com will be in touch to organise delivery.
5. The competition is only open to South African residents.
Happy Emoji Day! Here’s 10 reasons to be cheerful
First created by Shigetaka Kurita in 1999, the emoji has become a huge part of everyday communication. Whether you love them or hate them, flying dollar bills, applauding hands and rolling eyes are here to stay.
Scientist suggest that the use of emojis will help us gain the same satisfaction from digital interactions as we enjoy from personal contact.
Almost two decades later, and we have over 2600 unique emojis to perfectly express what we feel, thank you Mr Kurita! Join HMD, the home of Nokia phones as we celebrate World Emoji Day on the 17th of July with these interesting emoji facts:
The most popular emoji used is “Person Shrugging”
1. The Nokia 3310 was chosen as one of the first 3 “National” emojis for Finland… it represents unbreakable!
2. South Africa’s favourite emoji is the “Kiss and wink”… how sweet SA!
3. French is the only language where a ‘smiley’ does not top the list for its use
4. On average, over 60 billion emojis are sent on Facebook every day
5. For the first time ever, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year was a pictograph! The “Face with Tears of Joy” was crowned word of the year in 2015
6. According to Emojipedia, some of the most requested emoji’s include afro, a bagel and hands making a heart
7. To include all races, a diversity pack was released in 2017
8. It has become so trendy that the Museum of Modern Art displays the original emoji collection on canvas
9. In 2009, Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick was completely translated into emoji’s