Is it Time to Move to a Managed Cloud-Based Server?

In today’s world of expanding technology, many companies are looking to managed service providers to help maintain and manage all their technology needs.

A managed cloud-based server handles all of the ongoing services needed for the environment through a third party. This third part may handle 24×7 monitoring, disaster recovery, best practices, ongoing performance tweaks, SQL enterprise licensing, 2FA security, enterprise-grade firewalls, security, and much more, allowing you to focus on more pressing tasks.

Windows Server 2012 End of Support Announcement

If you are considering moving to a managed server, now could be the best time.

Microsoft recently announced that Windows Server 2012 and Server 2012 R2 will be reaching the end of support on October 10, 2023. This means that these products will no longer receive security updates, technical updates, bug fixes, or technical support after this date.
What does this mean for NCR Counterpoint customers:

  • Running applications on an unsupported version of Windows Server drastically increases the chance of a cyber attack on the organization which could lead to downtime, loss of data, and expensive recovery costs.
  • It’s not recommended to update to the newer version of CP (8.5.7+) with 2012 SQL or OS 2012 as it’s not part of the validation process of the newer versions. It greatly adds risk since hasn’t been validated by the manufacturer to operate on older servers.
  • Windows Server 2012 is over 10 years old, and most likely installed on older hardware which is also past its concerning timeframe. The industry standard lifespan for hardware is 3-5 years before you should plan on replacing it. Anything after and you pose the risk of an uncertain downtime, expensive purchases, and data loss (if you don’t backup to the cloud).

Other Managed Server Benefits

The 2012 end-of-support announcement is not the only reason businesses may consider making the switch. A managed server offers a variety of other benefits. These include:

Man monitoring data on two computer monitorsCost Savings: If you put all the benefits of a Managed Service Provider (MSP) into an on-prem server it would be much more expensive.

Automatic Updates: A managed cloud server will be updated automatically so companies don’t have to be concerned about trying to keep up.

Disaster Recovery: Managed servers offer disaster recovery so there is minimal downtime in case of emergency. Backups to the cloud help you quickly recover your systems and provide you with remote access in a secure environment.

Hardware Updates: On a managed cloud platform you don’t need to worry about hardware updates, the MSP will take care of the updates.

Rapid Response Times: Managed service teams provide 24-hour support. Issues are detected almost instantaneously. It also means advanced network security, and simplified network administration and support.

Reliable Infrastructure: If an on-premises server is not set up correctly, it could hinder the business. A managed service provider will have the experience necessary to build a reliable infrastructure that will withstand the test of time.

Why RCS is the Best Choice for your Managed Service Provider

While there are many choices for managed service providers, RCS stands out for its superior service.

The RCS Aero team handles all ongoing services needed for your business environment. Our pricing includes hardware, software, 24-7 monitoring, disaster recovery, automatic updates, SQL enterprise licensing, enterprise-grade firewalls, advanced security, and more. Clients receive the knowledge and experience of our expert team making it easier for you to reach your business goals.

A managed cloud server is more than just a convenient business choice. With end-of-support and end-of-life announcements happening all the time, it is an inevitable step forward. RCS Aero provides a high level of service that is perfect for a business without an onsite IT team. Contact us to learn more about what we have to offer.