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In only 28 days, your current version of Windows Server 2003 will expire, meaning you will no longer receive regular system updates, security patches, or hot fixes from Microsoft; which could leave your IT infrastructure exposed to serious security threats and compliance failures. If you would like to learn more, get in touch through emailing our friendly SMB team.

It's time to say goodbye to Windows Server 2003.

Call the Blue Solutions team on 0118 9898 222 for advice and help with upgrading your systems.

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Chances are, they may not be – according to estimates, there are still millions of servers running Windows Server 2003. It was the workhorse of choice for many years, but the time has come for customers to migrate to a newer, fully supported platform. That’s where you come in. It’s a great opportunity for you to ramp up your business and support your customers through a major technology change. They’ll appreciate the help, and you’ll appreciate the way your business will grow.

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Access our extensive set of resources to learn more about:

  • Talking with your customers about the importance of migration.
  • Ways to assess a customer’s current environment by categorising applications and workloads.
  • Migration options, either in the datacenter or in the cloud.
  • How to develop a migration plan.

Visit the Windows Server 2003 end of support partner page

You’ll also find customisable ModernBiz marketing materials that highlight Windows Server 2012 R2, including partner readiness materials, pitch decks, email templates, brochures, and copy blocks. Use these to show your customers the importance of migrating from Windows Server 2003, and the migration paths that are available.

Helpful tools like the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit which makes it easy to conduct a migration assessment for a customer's current IT infrastructure, are also available. Get started migrating your customers

Call our Sales Team today on 0118 9898 222 to upgrade to Windows Server 2012 R2.

A study by Node4, data centre and communication specialist, found that up to 70% of UK SMBs expect larger IT budgets next year.  80% of the IT decision makers that were interviewed during the study agreed their expectation was for better business performance in 2014 and as a result they are considering how IT can be applied to automate processes and increase efficiency in their business.

The last recession cycle saw some serious spending cuts in IT departments but as faith in the UK economy is increasing, SMBs are once again looking at IT investment. However, spending habits have changed and decision makers want IT solutions that help them to drive down costs, be more efficient and win more business. SMBs now realise that even the most talented and expensive IT resources can't help the business to grow when they are distracted by mundane tasks like troubleshooting, monitoring and day-to-day support. 

Labtech LogoThis has brought new attention to the importance of automation and the features and benefits of products like Labtech 2013 - Click Here.  LabTech is the ultimate solution for recurring IT tasks to SMBs and their clients. Designed to extend and automate IT services, LabTech 2013 will improve IT process automation with enhanced visibility and automation which will free up IT resources to focus on more strategic projects. LabTech will also increase levels of service quality and achieve IT service excellence with 99.9% uptime.

Click here  to read more about LabTech 2013 and how it can improve an IT solution provider’s service offering through remote support that results in improved technician efficiency, added flexibility and dramatic cost reduction while driving IT automation into your business.

Successful IT is more than just on-site management of workstations, servers, printers, routers and mobile devices. It is about remote management and control, seamless software deployment without end-user disruption and fixing issues before they even occur. It is about staff efficiency and customer satisfaction and it is about making the purchasing decisions that will empower businesses to achieve that in the new year.

Regardless of the purchasing intentions, plans or budgets for next year, 80% of IT decision makers in the SMB space are preparing to be automated and reap the associated business benefits in 2014! Are you?

Small Business Server 2011After many years of faithful service to the channel, Microsoft will be retiring Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 on June 30th 2013 within the Open Licensing Program. Retail and OEM SKUs will continue to be available until December 2013.

Windows Server 2012 Essentials will be the only replacement within the Microsoft portfolio. This can be deployed on a server with up to 2 processors and supports up to 25 users and 50 devices. No CALs are required and there are no virtualisation rights.

Alternatively customers can opt for Windows Server 2012.

With Cloud providers maturing all the time this may now be the time to move to the cloud. Hosted Exchange is a mature technology and with employees demanding access to their data from many devices including mobile devices, a hosted solution may be the correct way forwards. Hosted solutions remove the cost of the hardware along with the ongoing support and maintenance costs. Security and backup are typically bundled for free. Employees will benefit from greater uptime and the ability to access their data and applications from any device, as long as they have access to an Internet connection. Solutions may also provide synching functionality for offline work.

Blue Solutions has just launched a hosted Desktop offering which enables users to have a virtual Windows 7 Desktop with cloud storage, Microsoft Office Applications, along with Exchange mailboxes. There are also upgrade options for dedicated virtual servers to host line of business applications.