By Nick Scheidies Posted December 19, 2018
Are you wondering if you still really need your existing Windows® Server? You’re not alone. Organizations are looking to the cloud first for both apps and infrastructure. The important roles that the Windows Server once played for IT have been disrupted one after the next. So why replace Windows Server? Here are the most common answers.
Why Replace Windows® Server?
#1 You Have a Mixed-OS Environments:
Linux® servers and Macbooks® have infiltrated the modern office, fragmenting Microsoft®’s one-time monopoly over enterprise IT. Heterogeneous organizations experience diminished functionality and may seek to replace Windows Server with a cross-OS alternative.
#2 Your Existing Server is Getting Old:
The recommended average lifespan of a server is about five years. After that, the risk of malfunction begins to increase. Many IT admins have servers that they know are getting old. If they can replace Windows Server without having to pay for a new server, they can avoid a serious upfront cost.
#3 You’re Ready to Migrate to The Cloud:
The cloud is saving organizations money and making uptime simple. While it’s possible to host a Windows Server in the cloud with Azure® Services, that’s just an adaptation of a legacy approach. IT needs a cloud-forward alternative to Windows Server.
#4 You’d Prefer a Linux® Server:
Linux powers the servers that run 96.5% of the top web domains in the world (W3Cook) – and for good reason. Like moving to the cloud, swapping your Windows Server for a Linux one can save a tidy sum on your budget. You can say goodbye to licensing costs (i.e. CALs). Besides, many admins simply prefer working with Unix-based operating systems and many would argue Linux is more scalable and performant.
#5 You’re Barely Using It Anyway:
We used to use Windows Server for everything – from email to files to directory services to the company website. But more organizations are hosting their email through Gmail every year. More are moving file storage to SaaS solutions like Drive, Box™, and Dropbox™. Even directory services and authentication protocols such as LDAP, RADIUS, and SAML 2.0 have moved to the cloud. Organizations where existing Windows Servers are underutilized are good candidates for replacement.
Should I Replace My Windows Server?
Most organizations using Windows Server would at least benefit from evaluating their alternatives. It’s possible to save time, money, and avoid headaches by eliminating Windows Server. But no two infrastructures are the same, so you’ll need to make sure that you can completely backfill any critical roles that your Windows Server is playing.
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