In our rapidly evolving technological landscape, software plays an indispensable role in the operations of organisations across all sectors and industries. However, it is imperative to recognise that every piece of software has a finite lifespan, eventually reaching its End of Support (EOS) stage.
For instance, Microsoft Server 2012/2012 R2 is to reach its end of support on Tuesday 10 October 2023. Beyond this date, these products will be vulnerable as they will not receive the routine security updates, bug fixes, or technical support that they have come to expect
The significance of effectively managing software EOS cannot be overstated, for several compelling reasons including security, compliance, and performance optimisation. Neglecting EOS can lead to serious consequences.
First and foremost, when software reaches its EOS, it stops receiving essential security updates, patches, and bug fixes from the vendor. This leaves the software susceptible to emerging threats, as malicious actors actively seek out vulnerabilities inherent in outdated software.
A lack of regular security updates significantly elevates the risk of data breaches, system compromises, and unauthorised access. Managing software EOS ensures timely security measures are in place to safeguard sensitive data, protect privacy, and mitigate security risks.
Some industries, particularly those dealing with sensitive or confidential company information like healthcare and financial services, must adhere to stringent regulatory frameworks and compliance standards. Many regulations mandate the use of supported software versions to ensure data protection, privacy, and cybersecurity.
Ignoring software EOS management can lead to non-compliance, potential legal consequences, and hefty fines. By carefully monitoring and addressing EOS dates, companies can make sure they meet the necessary regulatory requirements and shield themselves from legal complications.
It's also crucial to bear in mind that over time, software vendors release updates and patches to deal with performance issues, boost functionality, and optimise system stability. When software arrives at its EOS, these updates and optimisations are no longer provided, potentially resulting in reduced system performance, compatibility issues, and increased downtime.
Robust EOS management enables companies to plan for software upgrades or replacements, making sure the transition is seamless, and optimal system performance is maintained.
Likewise, since software plays a crucial role in business operations, any disruption can severely impact productivity, efficiency, and customer satisfaction. Ignoring software EOS increases the likelihood of unexpected failures, system crashes, and software incompatibility, potentially resulting in costly downtime and revenue loss.
Staying on top of EOS management puts businesses in a solid position, to mitigate any risk of disruption, guarantee that business will continue as usual, and stay ahead of the curve in today’s hyper-competitive market.
As software reaches its EOS, vendors typically discontinue support services, including technical assistance and customer service. With no access to vendor support, entities may face severe challenges when it comes to sorting out software-related issues, troubleshooting errors, or receiving the help they need to use their software effectively.
EOS management gives firms the tools they need to plan ahead, seek out alternative support options, and guarantee that there will be technical assistance available to manage any software-related issues.
Luckily, Tarsus Distributions’ customers can fortify their security and modernise their IT infrastructure with Microsoft on their terms. For customers seeking effective management of Windows Server 2012 EOS, Microsoft offers the Reseller Option Kit (ROK) - a cost-effective, install-ready kit designed to assist customers in selling and deploying Microsoft Windows Server operating systems on OEM server hardware.
The ROK kit includes Windows Server software that is install-ready and available through a single price list, encompassing components like RAM, hard drives, or processors. It is meticulously tested, tuned, and certified with OEM-branded hardware, and is bundled with the latest drivers as well as customised installation tools for swift and straightforward deployment.
Additionally, it boasts hybrid capabilities with Azure and comes at a lower acquisition cost.
Windows Server 2022 ROK empowers you to accomplish more with its streamlined installation process, backed by comprehensive single-point support, which includes a complimentary 90-day support service.
With Windows Server 2022 ROK, customers gain control over their inventory, stocking and selling as needed, providing increased convenience, rapid deployment, and supported by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). ROK provides cost-efficient options for businesses by optimising resource utilisation and is safeguarded by hardware warranties. Additionally, ROK grants customers the flexibility, with Software Assurance, to transition their licenses to the cloud.
ROK also presents opportunities for customers to boost revenue through incentives for every ROK sold. Furthermore, it proves to be the most cost-effective solution compared to commercial original equipment manufacturers (COEM) and volume licensing. ROK offers customers flexibility through software assurance, allowing them to transition their license to the cloud when they are ready.
Take action now! Contact us to secure your organisation's future by effectively managing software EOS with Windows Server 2022 ROK.