5 Key Benefits to Upgrading from Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2012 was a reliable and efficient server operating system that served organizations well for several years. However, since Microsoft is ending support for Windows Server 2012 in October, companies need to migrate applications to Azure Cloud or upgrade on-site server equipment to Windows Server 2022 which will result in:

Improved Security: The newer versions of Windows Server, such as Windows Server 2022, have several advanced security features that offer better protection against cyber threats. Features like Shielded Virtual Machines, Credential Guard, and Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) can help safeguard the organization’s data and systems.

Better Performance: Windows Server 2022 has several performance improvements over its predecessors. It can handle larger workloads, has faster startup and shutdown times, and can support more powerful hardware configurations. This improved performance can result in better overall system stability and faster processing times.

Compatibility: As technology evolves, older operating systems may no longer be compatible with newer hardware and software. Upgrading to a newer version of Windows Server can ensure that the organization’s systems remain compatible with the latest hardware and software.

New Features: Windows Server 2022’s top features:

      1. Storage Migration Service which allows organizations to easily migrate their data from older servers to new ones.
      2. Security improvements: Windows Server 2022 comes with enhanced security features such as Secured-core Server, TPM (Trusted Platform Module) attestation, and Shielded VMs.
      3. Hybrid capabilities: Windows Server 2022 offers hybrid capabilities that allow you to extend your on-premises infrastructure to the cloud with ease.
      4. Improved Windows Admin Center: Windows Admin Center is a web-based management tool that lets you manage your Windows Server infrastructure from a central location. Windows Server 2022 comes with an improved Windows Admin Center that offers better performance and new features.
      5. Better storage management: Windows Server 2022 comes with improved storage management capabilities that allow you to manage your storage resources more efficiently.
      6. Enhanced container support: Windows Server 2022 offers enhanced support for containers, including the ability to run Linux containers natively on Windows.
      7. Improved virtualization: Windows Server 2022 comes with improved virtualization features, including the ability to manage virtual machines (VMs) and containers together using the same tool.
      8. Better performance: Windows Server 2022 offers better performance than previous versions, thanks to improved networking and storage features.
      9. Improved networking: Windows Server 2022 comes with improved networking features, including support for Azure Virtual WAN and simplified networking stack.
      10. New deployment options: Windows Server 2022 comes with new deployment options such as Azure Arc-enabled servers, which allow you to manage your on-premises servers from the cloud.

Microsoft Azure’s top features include:

      1. Scalability: Azure allows you to scale your resources up or down quickly based on your business needs, providing flexibility and cost savings.

      2. Security: Azure provides robust security features and compliance certifications, ensuring that your data is secure and protected.

      3. Hybrid cloud capabilities: Azure offers seamless integration between on-premises and cloud environments, enabling hybrid cloud scenarios and hybrid data management.

      4. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: Azure provides a wide range of AI and ML services, including Cognitive Services, Machine Learning Studio, and Azure Databricks.

      5. DevOps: Azure provides a comprehensive suite of DevOps tools and services, including Azure DevOps, GitHub, and Azure DevTest Labs.

      6. Internet of Things (IoT): Azure IoT provides a wide range of services for IoT devices, including IoT Hub, Stream Analytics, and Time Series Insights.

      7. Big Data and Analytics: Azure provides a range of big data and analytics services, including HDInsight, Azure Synapse Analytics, and Azure Data Lake.

      8. Global Reach: Azure has a global presence with over 60 regions worldwide, enabling businesses to operate globally and reach their customers worldwide.

      9. Cost-Effective: Azure offers flexible pricing models, including pay-as-you-go, reserved instances, and hybrid-use benefits, providing cost savings and predictability.

      10. Comprehensive Platform: Azure provides a comprehensive platform for building, deploying, and managing applications, enabling businesses to innovate and achieve their goals.

Compliance: Many industries have regulations and compliance requirements that must be met to avoid fines and legal issues. Upgrading to a newer operating system can help ensure compliance with these regulations.

If you’re still running critical applications on Windows Server 2012, and have migration questions or concerns, contact us—our team can help evaluate your environment and discuss your options with you.