Windows Server 2003 is still deployed in around 61 percent of companies worldwide, despite the impending support cut-off date for this platform. However, the majority of these organisations do have a migration strategy, with many planning to move to a virtualised environment.
The figures come from Spiceworks, which conducted a poll among users of its IT management platform and associated community network. The published report shows that 61 percent of respondents had at least one instance of Windows Server 2003 running within their environment. If representative of companies worldwide, this would mean that there are millions of instances still running.
Windows Server 2003 is currently in the Extended Support phase of its life cycle, during which Microsoft continues to provide security fixes and updates. This is due to come to an end on 14 July this year, when all support will be withdrawn, unless organisations negotiate a custom support contract with Microsoft.
However, Spiceworks found that the majority of its IT professional users were moving to address the issue, with 15 percent already fully migrated off Windows Server 2003, 48 percent partially migrated and 28 percent in the planning stages.
"IT professionals are taking steps to migrate prior to the end of life deadline and technology companies who can offer a clear, elegant migration path have a multi-billion dollar opportunity to help IT departments transition effectively," said Spiceworks vice president of marketing Sanjay Castelino.
Nevertheless, 22 percent of IT professionals said they do not plan to upgrade every single system currently running Windows Server 2003, citing lack of time and budget constraints as key barriers to full migration.
Spiceworks also found that 74 percent of IT professionals are planning to move applications currently running on Windows Server 2003 to a virtualised environment. About a third are planning to move from a physical server to a new-build virtual environment while about the same are moving applications onto an existing virtualised server.
The majority of Spiceworks users (64 percent) are also looking to the latest Windows Server 2012 R2 release as their migration target, with a smaller number expecting to move to Windows Server 2012.
Perhaps surprisingly, 39 percent intend to migrate to Windows Server 2008 R2 and six percent to Windows Server 2008, while nine percent said they planned to migrate to Linux.
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