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WINDOWS 7 AND SERVER 2008 – are you prepared for the end?

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THEY say prevention is better than cure – and nothing rings truer when it comes to protecting your data systems from attack.


In January next year (2020), Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 will come to end of life. Microsoft will no longer provide support and security patching will be unavailable. But there’s no need to panic. That is, as long as your organisation takes the time now to plan and prepare for all necessary upgrades.


Failure to act, or rushing to switch systems without an effective strategy in place, could leave your data vulnerable and unprotected. Here at Fifteen Group, we have the expertise to make your IT transition as smooth and as hassle-free as possible.



Don’t get caught out by leaving too little time for meaningful action. At least six months is needed to put together and implement a comprehensive migration plan. Although it may seem like a mammoth task, help is at hand.


Making use of a managed IT service for example will dramatically lighten the load. Fifteen Group can put together a tailored package of support to ensure your network is always protected – whether that’s safeguarding from the latest virus or bringing a whole new system online.



Give your organisation the best possible defence by ensuring all eventualities are covered, such as reviewing hardware and its capabilities. Again, timely planning will assist with budgeting should technology need to be replaced or upgraded.


With a network audit from Fifteen Group, getting ready to upgrade may also be the perfect time to review other areas of infrastructure such as cabling, network security and compliance. We can identify any areas that may be affecting the productivity of your business and come up with solutions to help you make the most of your technology.



As part of any upgrade plan, it is worthwhile building in time to account for delays or snags. Are all the applications you use supported on your chosen new system for example? We can provide you with a better understanding of the operational effectiveness of your systems and suggest improvements to make your technology work for you. Don’t risk missing out on the latest features through incomplete research.



Upgrading from Windows 7 and Server 2008 is a great opportunity to bolster your network security.

Doing nothing will leave your systems vulnerable and open to attack. Fifteen Group can optimise security on your new systems.


However, as the deadline for Windows 7 and Server 2008 approaches, the most important thing, is to be proactive before end of life becomes a problem for your organisation.


It’s never too soon to start preparing. View the list of affected products and contact Fifteen Group .  Find out how we can make the process easier for you.


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