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Microsoft’s Urgent Warning: Update Your IT Infrastructure Now to Safeguard Your Business Data

In the fast-paced digital landscape, businesses must be prepared to face the ever-evolving cybersecurity threats and technological advancements. Microsoft, a leading innovator in the tech industry, has issued an urgent warning to enterprises and organisations: it’s time to update your IT infrastructure. On January 14th, 2020, Microsoft officially ceased support for several of its products, leaving businesses vulnerable to security breaches and data loss. As a reputable IT support company with a strong commitment to your company’s success, Arc Systems is here to remind you of the critical importance of updating your IT infrastructure and to guide you through a seamless transition to ensure your company data remains secure.

The Impact of Microsoft’s End of Support

The products affected by Microsoft’s end of support include Windows 7, Microsoft Exchange 2010, Windows Server 2008 & 2008 R2, and Windows SBS 2011. Let’s take a closer look at how these changes can impact your business and what measures you need to take to safeguard your IT environment.

Windows 7 – Time to Embrace the Future

Windows 7, a beloved operating system cherished by nearly 40% of users, has reached the end of its lifecycle. While it served businesses well, continuing to use it beyond its support end date leaves your PCs vulnerable to security risks. Embracing the future with an upgrade is now a necessary task to ensure the safety and efficiency of your business operations.

Microsoft Exchange 2010 – Transition to Office 365 or Exchange 2016

With the end of support for Microsoft Exchange 2010, businesses relying on this system must take action. Migrating to Office 365 or Exchange 2016 is vital to maintain a robust and secure email infrastructure. The clock is ticking, so now is the opportune moment to start planning your migration strategy.

Windows Server 2008 & 2008 R2 – Ensure Uninterrupted Security Updates

Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 are also no longer receiving regular security updates from Microsoft. This could leave your infrastructure and applications susceptible to security breaches. Arc Systems stands ready to assist you in migrating to current versions, offering enhanced security, performance, and innovation.

Windows SBS 2011 – A Smooth Transition to the Latest Microsoft Solutions

Windows Small Business Server 2011 is gradually being phased out by Microsoft. To maintain a competitive edge, it is crucial to move your business to the latest Microsoft Exchange, Cloud Desktop, and Office 365 solutions. Arc Systems can guide you through this transition, ensuring your business thrives in the modern digital landscape.

Embrace the Microsoft Life Cycle Policy

Microsoft’s Life Cycle Policy is well-established and plays a vital role in the support of their products. Products typically receive Mainstream Support for five years after their release and then transition to Extended Support for another five years. However, after ten years from the release date, all support ends. Businesses that continue using end-of-life products beyond this date risk security vulnerabilities and compliance issues.

The Consequences of Unsupported Systems

Using unsupported systems comes with several grave consequences that can directly impact your business:

Increased Vulnerability to Security Threats

Without ongoing security updates, your IT infrastructure becomes vulnerable to malicious attacks, putting your business data and networks at significant risk. Hackers constantly seek out unpatched vulnerabilities in outdated systems, making it crucial to keep your technology up to date.

Missed Opportunities for Innovation

By sticking to outdated systems, your business may miss out on new features and advancements that could boost productivity and efficiency. For instance, the new virtualisation features introduced in Hyper-V on updated Windows Server 2012 and R2 systems could revolutionise your operations.

Non-compliance with Regulatory Standards

Many industries require businesses to maintain supported IT products to comply with regulatory standards. Failure to meet these requirements could result in penalties and legal consequences.

Taking Proactive Measures – Your Roadmap to IT Security

As an industry-leading IT support company, Arc Systems is here to provide expert advice and solutions to safeguard your business from the pitfalls of outdated IT infrastructure. We understand that updating your IT environment can be a complex task, and that’s why we encourage you to act now and speak to our expert advisors.

How Arc Systems Can Help You

Our team of dedicated professionals is ready to support you through every step of the migration process:

1. Comprehensive IT Infrastructure Assessment

Our expert advisors will conduct a thorough assessment of your existing IT infrastructure, identifying areas that require immediate attention and optimisation.

2. Tailored Migration Strategy

Based on the assessment results and your business needs, we will develop a customised migration strategy that ensures minimal downtime and maximum security.

3. Seamless Transition Execution

Our team will execute the migration plan with precision, guiding your business through the process to guarantee a seamless and efficient transition.

4. Ongoing Support and Monitoring

After the migration, Arc Systems will continue to provide proactive support and monitoring to ensure your IT environment remains secure and up to date.

The Time to Act is Now

We understand that updating your IT infrastructure is a significant undertaking, and that’s why we recommend taking action immediately. The process can take months to complete, so don’t delay in securing your business data and operations. Contact us today for a friendly chat about how we can help you plan a well-managed and timely transition and infrastructure update.

You can reach us at [email protected] or speak directly to one of our knowledgeable advisors at 01268 209086.

At Arc Systems, we are committed to ensuring your business thrives in the digital era by providing top-notch IT support and solutions. Embrace the future with us and safeguard your company data with a robust and updated IT infrastructure. Together, we’ll navigate the ever-changing technology landscape and pave the way for your business’s success.

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