July 14, 2015 Microsoft will stop supporting Windows Server 2003.
This doesn’t just mean that you will
no longer be able to call for support. It means that they will no longer be providing critical security
updates, which could compromise your ePHI. Hackers prey on Internet Explorer, and Microsoft operating
systems. We can’t have a Windows 2003 server be an easy target in your office.
Don’t wait for the very last minute to come up with a solution for your Windows 2003 server. Contact
your IT company today to start your migration planning. The won’t be as simple as last years Windows XP
replacements. There is a lot of planning that goes into decommissioning a server. There could be
compatibility issues, active directory issues, profile issues, etc. Migrating off of your 2003 server
will take precise planning to avoid disruption.
Is It Time for the Cloud?
This may be a good time to decide if you want to move your critical applications to the cloud. In some
cases, it makes sense, and it others, it may not. Consult with your IT company and see if the cloud is
a good fit for you. Tier3MD has a private cloud to help ease this transition if it is beneficial to
Exposing your server to hackers, and not having support will create a HIPAA risk for you. You must
protect your patient data. Having a system that will not be updated, and expose vulnerabilities will
become a threat to your data. Critical security updates are necessary to protecting your systems.
No one wants to incur extra expense in their business. Moving to the cloud may be a great way to save
you money. If you still have Windows 2003 server, it is time to make a move anyway. Maybe it’s a
blessing in disguise.
Tier3MD Can Help
Tier3MD is now scheduling practices to move their data off of the Windows 2003 servers. If you would
like to make an appointment, please do so as soon as possible. The level of complexity will make it
nearly impossible for us to accommodate some practices if they wait too long. Call today!