Simplify Your Windows Server Migration with Cisco UCS

Make the Move to 2012 Easier

Josh Feinberg
Data Center

Reduce complexity. Simplify operations. Cut costs. How many times have you heard those mandates?

Well, server migration could let many organizations not only streamline services to enterprise users but also reduce costs and increase productivity. Microsoft and Cisco are both giants in the data center, and each on their own has much to offer customers. Cisco has developed a groundbreaking data center architecture in Cisco’s Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) and aligned closely with Microsoft in the market.

The differentiator is when you consider the way these products work together with mutual investment in a common platform. Cisco and Microsoft have built on each other’s capabilities to execute a joint value proposition that differentiates them from the larger field of hardware and software vendors. Due to the fit of these products, now is a great time to modernize and simply your IT infrastructure.

As Microsoft’s deadline with Cisco UCS for ending Windows Server 2003 support looms, some enterprise professionals may be overwhelmed by the complexities of a major migration. On the 14th of July, Microsoft will stop releasing critical patches for Windows Server 2003.

That means no more updates for Windows Server 2003. And that also means applications running on Windows Server 2003 will likely fail to meet compliance standards and regulations. But migrating from Microsoft Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 is your chance to consolidate technology, making management and maintenance much easier in the process.

Not only can you reduce the cost of operating and supporting enterprise technology infrastructure: your enterprise users can benefit from streamlined access to advanced communications services. Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS) enables enterprises to implement a single Microsoft-Cisco platform that will increase reliability and security.

Cisco UCS is an x86 architecture server platform comprising computing hardware, virtualization support, a switching fabric, and management software. The idea, when it was introduced in 2009, was to reduce total cost of ownership and improve scalability. Cisco did this by integrating the different components into a cohesive platform that can you can manage as a single unit.

By deploying Cisco UCS servers running Microsoft Windows Server 2012, you’ll be able to efficiently migrate legacy applications from Windows Server 2003 environments while connecting users, information, and teams in real-time. This will help IT to enable collaboration across the enterprise.

With Cisco UCS, you can tune your environment to support the unique needs of each application while consolidating and simplifying operations and powering all your server workloads on a centrally managed, highly scalable system.

Windows Server 2003 has been a reliable pillar for enterprises worldwide, and while many of us salute it for its many years of valued service, it’s time to move onto Windows Server 2012 if you haven’t done so already. By migrating to Cisco UCS, you can implement a single Microsoft-Cisco platform to simplify operations and efficiently foster real-time collaboration.

With the end of support date for Windows Server 2003 fast approaching, there’s never been a better time to plan your data center transformation. Our experts have designed this helpful tool to get you started on the right upgrade path for your unique environment, applications, and workloads.