Dell Services has announced the expansion of its robust migration services portfolio with the new Windows Server 2003 Migration Service in India. As the July 2015 deadline nears the end of Windows Server 2003 support, the Dell offering will allow businesses currently running Windows Server 2003 to transit workloads to the Microsoft Azure cloud or Windows Server 2012 R2, while dramatically mitigating risk and costs associated with migration.
In India, there are a significant number of servers running on WS2003 and for customers who have delayed updating and modernizing their Windows Server 2003 there will be an end to extended support on July 14, 2015. As they transit, companies must address specific pain points, including assessing their current needs and future demands, finding the proper solutions for legacy applications, and identifying which workloads can be moved to the cloud. Dell’s new service is designed to assist customers in all stages of their Windows Server migration process, while ensuring all necessary checkpoints on their migration list are answered.
“Our strategy for Windows Server Migration involves helping customers transform their IT infrastructure by taking into consideration their end-to-end needs in the vertical they operate in. Our robust migration services portfolio helps customers cater to migration needs from the datacenter to the endpoint. We are providing customers with a unique solution that helps them rank and classify their migration pathway; thereby giving customers of all workloads an opportunity to optimize and drive efficiency,” said Bobby Mon, director–GSD, Dell India.
Gartner research demonstrates customers face numerous obstacles during their migration process including:
- For many clients, there is not enough time left to migrate all the systems that are running Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 R2 to a newer version before support ends in July 2015.
- Third-party products may become unsupported as well, triggered by the operating system dates.
- Operating servers with unsupported operating systems leaves the datacenter open to future risks due to unfixed security exposures or malfunctioning software.
- Choosing among the many possible tools and approaches to mitigate the risk is difficult and highly dependent on the individual system and the IT environment.
- No single solution will address all scenarios; the best practice is to establish a combination of approaches based on a risk management analysis.
Dell Services aims to provide customers with the most comprehensive Windows migration services portfolio. With the offering announced today, Dell Services includes:
- Dell Windows Server OS Modernization Services gives customers a guide to flexible IT approaches that map out multiple technology options and deliver innovative technology integration, while increasing automation and reducing manual effort.
- Dell Datacenter Transformation Methodology, which helps accelerate server migration while simultaneously mitigating risk by designing, building and validating a step-by-step migration plan unique to each workload and app specification.
- Dell Application Management Consulting and Global Application Packaging Factory, which conducts a full application inventory during the migration process to examine the compatibility of each legacy application and identify the needed remediation for each app.
- Dell ChangeBASE technology that automatically analyzes applications to uncover compatibility issues with the targeted operating system.
In 2013 Dell helped more than 500 enterprise customers migrate from Windows XP. Dell’s team of IT experts simplifies the path to migration with services that deliver application, hardware, and deployment readiness. Dell’s Windows Migration Services provide a comprehensive range of options to develop and execute a migration strategy tailored to their specific needs. IT departments that partner with Dell’s team of Windows migration experts minimize IT resource strain and software licensing costs while maximizing management software investments and end-user experience.