Windows Server 2008 R2 End of Life
Windows Server 2008 R2 End of Life occurred January 13, 2015, which means the end of mainstream support. See the updated version of this blog called Windows Server 2008 End of Life and What it Means for Me. This obsolescence includes the Windows Server 2008 datacenter, enterprise, standard and Hyper-V platforms. Continuing to use obsolete software could entail security and infrastructure vulnerabilities for your data center or corporate network. As any holes discovered would not be patched, and could be exploited. So, will you upgrade your OS? It may be an opportunity to switch to another OS like VMware, or Linux. If you do upgrade the software, what kind of hardware upgrades will that entail? Virtualization tends to require large memory upgrades, and requires like processors across a server cluster.
Hardware Considerations for Windows Server 2008 R2 End of Life
Do you upgrade components, or the systems entirely? Depending on capital considerations, you may want to replace whole systems. Next generation servers use less power, generate less heat, and occupy less space. So the savings from utilities and colocation real estate may make a total replacement more competitive. Maybe the Windows Server 2008 R2 End of Life is good, maybe it will prompt a positive change in your infrastructure. Revisiting the component upgrade strategy, there are a few things to consider.
Component Upgrades – Adding versus Replacing
It is more cost effective to add additional components than to replace them. If you only have one of two processor slots, you can purchase an additional processors of the same model. The same is true of memory and processors. You need to match the specifications rather than the part number. For instance, drives in a RAID need to run at the same speed, if you put a 7K drive into a 15K array, they will all slow down to accommodate the 7K drive. For Memory, the rank, speed, and voltage should match. Although most system will slow faster memory down so that everything works at the same speed.
In the event your servers are fully populated and you want to upgrade the memory from 8GB’s to 16GB’s. You’ll need an outlet for the excess components. Contact an IT Asset Recovery company (like ours) to get a quote on current component value. Another option is to do a trade-in, where you trade the 8GB’s towards a credit on 16GB’s. Since the servers are a couple years old, it may be of interest to purchase certified used components. You could easily save 30% off retail price on used product.
Making the Switch to Windows Server 2012 or VMWare
Once the hardware issue has been discerned, the infrastructure may need to be migrated onto the new systems. Doing so in stages may decrease data center downtime and ease overtime requirements of IT and customer support staff. The old equipment would need to be housed in staging area until it was ready to be decommissioned. Your IT Asset Recovery partner may be able to help with warehousing solutions, rather than renting additional colo real-estate to support the migration.
Data Breech and Secure Erasure on Decommissioning old Equipment
Formatting is not erasing. If you need to delete the information off the drives, overwrite every bit to ensure your data is unrecoverable. The National Institute of Standards and Technology state that a single pass overwrite and a separate single pass verification are adequate for complete erasure. Degaussing and shredding are not necessary. You may choose to wipe the drives your selves, hire a third party, or let Exit wipe them for free as part of the equipment sale. There are two things to keep in mind.
Chain of Custody and Serialized Tracking
Erasure techniques are only as good as the processes that surround them. It is important to keep track of who has the drives, where they are, and the security of that location. If the drives are stolen before they reach erasure, it could pose a serious risk to your company’s reputation. Secondly, is serialization. Does your IT Recovery company provide serialized reports of erasure? If you do not have a certificate of data destruction for every serial number, a single hard drive could result in a leak of proprietary business information.
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