The end of Windows 2008/2008r2 is looming on the horizon

January 14, 2020 is less than a year away and is the end-date for support of Window’s Server 2008/2008r2 and Windows 7. Many companies are still running print and file servers on this platform, but they may not realize the potentially disastrous consequences to their day-to-day operations of not migrating on time, including:

  • Bug fixes will no longer be provided leaving systems vulnerable to attack
  • Software, utilities and features becoming incompatible with upgrades
  • New devices (e.g. printers) may be unable to connect with Windows 7
  • Virus protection software will stop supporting Windows 7

Those customers that have considered the ramifications of this EOL date may be considering Microsoft’s Premium Assurance plan to continue support of these servers, but this plan can be extremely expensive. For a great discussion on this topic take a look at this article by Kurt Mackie from Redmond Magazine.  One key section:

“To illustrate his point, Braden offered some quick back-of-the-envelope calculations, using SQL Server 2008 as an example. Premium Assurance is an expensive plan even if an organization already has Software Assurance coverage across its servers and just pays for the annual five percent Premium Assurance cost.”

“So, if an enterprise has 100 servers, but only two are candidates for this Premium Assurance, they must pay 5% x 100 x up to 6 years of support,” Braden noted. “That’s up to 3000% of the SQL license cost in order to get patches/updates for those two SQL servers. Considering the high price of SQL licenses and SA these days, it sure seems to me that many enterprises will find the budget to instead update or replace those servers.”


The same can be said for an organization’s print servers. In any event, taking on this type of expense to maintain support on a print server is just not defensible and will not be considered by many IT departments.

Some of your customers will believe this leaves them with a single option – migrating to new servers running a current operating system a like for like replacement of their current print server architecture.  This sort of migration solution could cost the organization in the region of $3000 for each of these servers.

Time for modernization?

For those still relying on Windows 7 and Server 2008/2008r2, the EOL leaves the question of whether it is time for modernization? Instead of turning to Microsoft’s expensive Premium Assurance plan, it might be time to modernize the print infrastructure?

EveryonePrint’s Hybrid Cloud Platform (HCP) is a cloud-based print infrastructure solution that eliminates 100% of the expense of updating these print servers. Simultaneously it:

  • Delivers a unified user experience for printing from desktops, laptops AND mobile devices?
  • Delivers a truly universal print driver (regardless of manufacturer and finishing options) to all users using either an unattended or self-service model?
  • Provides a single panel interface for all of the multi-function printers (regardless of manufacturer) attached to their network
  • Provide a single web-based console to manage this infrastructure across their entire organization and report on its usage.

If you are interested in learning more about HCP, please reach out to EveryonePrint here and we’ll set up a time to walk you through the entire story.

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