|By Adine Deford||
|June 16, 2014 10:00 AM EDT||
In the wake of the end of support of Windows XP and the almost immediate exploitation with the IE vulnerability, focus has turned to the next big End of Support (EOS) event which is for Windows Server 2003. To help companies prepare to navigate large migration projects of WS 2003 AppZero and Microsoft teamed up last week in a webinar entitled "How to Solve the Challenge of WS2003." You can view the slides and recording here (registration required).
The first big takeaway was "now is the time to act." Customer feedback around XP migrations is that it is important to start planning early. With time running out between now and next summer (the end of support for WS2003) it's important to have a migration plan. Many of the enterprise projects we at AppZero are seeing have a duration of eight months or more (depending on the number of servers) from the start date of the program. And, there can be additional months of planning and preparation ahead of the start, especially for those moving more than one thousand servers.
Just how big is the security risk of not moving off WS 2003 and onto a supported platform? In 2013, Microsoft released 37 critical updates for WS 2003. After end of support, there will be none. With the one, post EOS fix for Windows XP, there are those who feel the issue has less urgency. This is not the case. Microsoft has said there will be no post-EOS patches for WS 2003.
The second big takeaway is that you need to understand all of the important factors in a migration project. Separate research studies from Microsoft and AppZero showed that:
- 74% of IT Datacenter Managers (ITDM) are aware of the WS 2003 EOS date¹
- 57% of Microsoft customers are still running WS 2003²
- 94% of those running WS 2003 intend to migrate, but only 24% are ready to do so²
- 40% not sure of upgrade path²
- 35% intend to move to the cloud as part of their migration²
¹ MSFT Customer Survey 12/2013 (400 NA & Canada ENT & UMM ITDMs)
² AppZero Survey 12/2013 (150 Fortune 1000 IT professionals)
In addition to security risks, there are also business and compliance issues which must be taken into account once WS 2003 reaches end of support. For example, PCI compliance demands that your ecommerce site runs on a supported platform, meaning that if you need to process credit card information, you will be uncertified and out of compliance and therefore unable to conduct business.
The WS 2003 EOS event is causing enterprises a number of concerns including:
- Incompatibilities of applications
- Hardware & software refresh costs
- Changing a stable environment
- Security breaches not being covered
- Compliance audits
- Disrupting the business
Enterprises that have already begun planning for innovation have reported the following benefits:
- Cloud adoption (cheaper, faster, better)
- Maintain peace of mind of running a secure & proven infrastructure
- New capabilities of the Cloud OS
- Simplify control & management by consolidating HW
- Business alignment elevates strategic relevance of IT
Enterprises that are farther along in the process are reporting the benefits of upgrading and modernizing including:
- Cost Savings - Enterprises are able to reduce their capital expenses through virtualization and Cloud OS.
- Simplicity - Enterprises are able to simplify their IT management across on premise and Cloud; and make their infrastructure more agile with Windows Server/System Center.
- Peace of Mind - Enterprises can rely on enterprise-grade security on premises and in the Cloud.
The third takeaway is that you need a well-documented execution plan and process for your migration project. Many System Integrators with migration practices have their own methodology (as does Microsoft and AppZero), but most have in common, four basic steps:
During the Discover Phase you undergo an application inventory to determine which applications you are currently running. You then move into the Assessment Phase, where you rank the applications by type, criticality and risk. This is also a good opportunity to determine which apps can be retired. The third phase is when you determine the Target destination for each of the apps in your inventory that you will move forward. And finally, you reach the Migrate Phase, which is where AppZero's application modernization tool comes in. This phase is where you migrate your applications to their assigned destination target.
Although WS 2003 EOS is a large and complex event for IT, it is also an opportunity to create a strategic plan for moving your datacenter forward. By capitalizing on that opportunity you can automate, simplify and modernize your infrastructure and reduce your operating costs. AppZero is here to help. If you would like a demonstration of the latest release of AppZero or have questions about creating a migration plan, please contact us now. Register here if you'd like to view the recorded webinar and slides.
AppZero will be demonstrating the newest release of the application modernization tool, AppZero V6, this week at Cloud Expo. If you're planning to visit Cloud Expo, stop by booth #425 and see a demo - you can get a cool t-shirt too. If you need a free pass to attend the expo, you can get one here: bit.ly/1tMnVi
Join IBM June 8 at 18th Cloud Expo at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and learn how to innovate like a startup and scale for the enterprise. You need to deliver quality applications faster and cheaper, attract and retain customers with an engaging experience across devices, and seamlessly integrate your enterprise systems. And you can't take 12 months to do it.
Apr. 29, 2016 04:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,754
Machine Learning helps make complex systems more efficient. By applying advanced Machine Learning techniques such as Cognitive Fingerprinting, wind project operators can utilize these tools to learn from collected data, detect regular patterns, and optimize their own operations. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Stuart Gillen, Director of Business Development at SparkCognition, will discuss how research has demonstrated the value of Machine Learning in delivering next generation analytics to im...
Apr. 29, 2016 03:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,591
This is not a small hotel event. It is also not a big vendor party where politicians and entertainers are more important than real content. This is Cloud Expo, the world's longest-running conference and exhibition focused on Cloud Computing and all that it entails. If you want serious presentations and valuable insight about Cloud Computing for three straight days, then register now for Cloud Expo.
Apr. 29, 2016 03:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,648
You think you know what’s in your data. But do you? Most organizations are now aware of the business intelligence represented by their data. Data science stands to take this to a level you never thought of – literally. The techniques of data science, when used with the capabilities of Big Data technologies, can make connections you had not yet imagined, helping you discover new insights and ask new questions of your data. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Sarbjit Sarkaria, data science team lead ...
Apr. 29, 2016 03:07 PM EDT Reads: 225
So, you bought into the current machine learning craze and went on to collect millions/billions of records from this promising new data source. Now, what do you do with them? Too often, the abundance of data quickly turns into an abundance of problems. How do you extract that "magic essence" from your data without falling into the common pitfalls? In her session at @ThingsExpo, Natalia Ponomareva, Software Engineer at Google, will provide tips on how to be successful in large scale machine lear...
Apr. 29, 2016 02:45 PM EDT Reads: 833
IoT device adoption is growing at staggering rates, and with it comes opportunity for developers to meet consumer demand for an ever more connected world. Wireless communication is the key part of the encompassing components of any IoT device. Wireless connectivity enhances the device utility at the expense of ease of use and deployment challenges. Since connectivity is fundamental for IoT device development, engineers must understand how to overcome the hurdles inherent in incorporating multipl...
Apr. 29, 2016 02:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,396
The paradigm has shifted. A Gartner survey shows that 43% of organizations are using or plan to implement the Internet of Things in 2016. However, not just a handful of companies are still using the old-style ad-hoc trial-and-error ways, unaware of the critical barriers, paint points, traps, and hidden roadblocks. How can you become a winner? In his session at @ThingsExpo, Tony Shan will present a methodical approach to guide the holistic adoption and enablement of IoT implementations. This ov...
Apr. 29, 2016 02:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,531
We’ve worked with dozens of early adopters across numerous industries and will debunk common misperceptions, which starts with understanding that many of the connected products we’ll use over the next 5 years are already products, they’re just not yet connected. With an IoT product, time-in-market provides much more essential feedback than ever before. Innovation comes from what you do with the data that the connected product provides in order to enhance the customer experience and optimize busi...
Apr. 29, 2016 02:00 PM EDT Reads: 826
The IETF draft standard for M2M certificates is a security solution specifically designed for the demanding needs of IoT/M2M applications. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Brian Romansky, VP of Strategic Technology at TrustPoint Innovation, will explain how M2M certificates can efficiently enable confidentiality, integrity, and authenticity on highly constrained devices.
Apr. 29, 2016 02:00 PM EDT Reads: 972
Artificial Intelligence has the potential to massively disrupt IoT. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, AJ Abdallat, CEO of Beyond AI, will discuss what the five main drivers are in Artificial Intelligence that could shape the future of the Internet of Things. AJ Abdallat is CEO of Beyond AI. He has over 20 years of management experience in the fields of artificial intelligence, sensors, instruments, devices and software for telecommunications, life sciences, environmental monitoring, process...
Apr. 29, 2016 01:30 PM EDT Reads: 777
SYS-CON Events announced today that Ericsson has been named “Gold Sponsor” of SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York, New York. Ericsson is a world leader in the rapidly changing environment of communications technology – providing equipment, software and services to enable transformation through mobility. Some 40 percent of global mobile traffic runs through networks we have supplied. More than 1 billion subscribers around the world re...
Apr. 29, 2016 01:00 PM EDT Reads: 744
SYS-CON Events announced today that Stratoscale, the software company developing the next generation data center operating system, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Stratoscale is revolutionizing the data center with a zero-to-cloud-in-minutes solution. With Stratoscale’s hardware-agnostic, Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) solution to store everything, run anything and scale everywhere...
Apr. 29, 2016 01:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,477
Angular 2 is a complete re-write of the popular framework AngularJS. Programming in Angular 2 is greatly simplified – now it's a component-based well-performing framework. This immersive one-day workshop at 18th Cloud Expo, led by Yakov Fain, a Java Champion and a co-founder of the IT consultancy Farata Systems and the product company SuranceBay, will provide you with everything you wanted to know about Angular 2.
Apr. 29, 2016 12:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,629
SYS-CON Events announced today that Men & Mice, the leading global provider of DNS, DHCP and IP address management overlay solutions, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. The Men & Mice Suite overlay solution is already known for its powerful application in heterogeneous operating environments, enabling enterprises to scale without fuss. Building on a solid range of diverse platform support,...
Apr. 29, 2016 11:45 AM EDT Reads: 2,219
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Klein, CEO and Co-founder of Rachio, will discuss next generation communities that are using IoT to create more sustainable, intelligent communities. One example is Sterling Ranch, a 10,000 home development that – with the help of Siemens – will integrate IoT technology into the community to provide residents with energy and water savings as well as intelligent security. Everything from stop lights to sprinkler systems to building infrastructures will run ef...
Apr. 29, 2016 11:30 AM EDT Reads: 482
You deployed your app with the Bluemix PaaS and it's gaining some serious traction, so it's time to make some tweaks. Did you design your application in a way that it can scale in the cloud? Were you even thinking about the cloud when you built the app? If not, chances are your app is going to break. Check out this webcast to learn various techniques for designing applications that will scale successfully in Bluemix, for the confidence you need to take your apps to the next level and beyond.
Apr. 29, 2016 11:15 AM EDT Reads: 1,413
Manufacturers are embracing the Industrial Internet the same way consumers are leveraging Fitbits – to improve overall health and wellness. Both can provide consistent measurement, visibility, and suggest performance improvements customized to help reach goals. Fitbit users can view real-time data and make adjustments to increase their activity. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Mark Bernardo Professional Services Leader, Americas, at GE Digital, will discuss how leveraging the Industrial Interne...
Apr. 29, 2016 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,108
Whether your IoT service is connecting cars, homes, appliances, wearable, cameras or other devices, one question hangs in the balance – how do you actually make money from this service? The ability to turn your IoT service into profit requires the ability to create a monetization strategy that is flexible, scalable and working for you in real-time. It must be a transparent, smoothly implemented strategy that all stakeholders – from customers to the board – will be able to understand and comprehe...
Apr. 29, 2016 09:30 AM EDT Reads: 990
Increasing IoT connectivity is forcing enterprises to find elegant solutions to organize and visualize all incoming data from these connected devices with re-configurable dashboard widgets to effectively allow rapid decision-making for everything from immediate actions in tactical situations to strategic analysis and reporting. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Shikhir Singh, Senior Developer Relations Manager at Sencha, will discuss how to create HTML5 dashboards that interact with IoT devic...
Apr. 29, 2016 09:00 AM EDT Reads: 835
The increasing popularity of the Internet of Things necessitates that our physical and cognitive relationship with wearable technology will change rapidly in the near future. This advent means logging has become a thing of the past. Before, it was on us to track our own data, but now that data is automatically available. What does this mean for mHealth and the "connected" body? In her session at @ThingsExpo, Lisa Calkins, CEO and co-founder of Amadeus Consulting, will discuss the impact of wea...
Apr. 29, 2016 08:45 AM EDT Reads: 610