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Malaysian businesses face urgent challenge with end of Windows Server support: Schneider Electric

AvantiKumar | July 7, 2015
Schneider Electric's Serge Noraz said companies need to check their supporting physical infrastructure including the UPS, rack and power management.

Serge Noraz  - Malaysia IT Business VP, Schneider Electric 

Photo - Serge Noraz, Business Vice President IT Business of Schneider Electric Malaysia.


Power management specialist Schneider Electric said that Malaysian businesses should quickly address the power management and infrastructure implications created by the end of Microsoft's extended support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14, 2015. 
Serge Noraz, business vice president of IT Business of Schneider Electric Malaysia, said: "The end of the extended support for Windows Server 2003 presents a significant transition that is both challenging and opportunistic."

"Since a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and the most modern infrastructure in the world can be handicapped by inefficient or worse, incompatible power performance, we believe that this exercise presents a great opportunity to organisations to evaluate their power management needs and infrastructure," said Noraz.

He said that according to  professional network Spiceworks, a global professional network of more than 5 million IT Professionals, 62 percent  of organisations that use its tools in Malaysia were still running at least one instance of Windows Server 2003 as of March 2015.

Noraz added that when managing the migration to the new infrastructure, companies needed to include the review of the following issues:
1.) The aging power-support infrastructure associated with Microsoft Server 2003 must be replaced. Legacy UPSs (uninterruptible power supplies) are not optimised for the demands of today's equipment.

2.) Check the batteries: The UPS life expectancy fluctuates based on several factors: placement, temperature, cycling, maintenance and battery chemistry and storage, needing a check on the battery at least once during the lifecycle of the UPS.

3.) Extended warranties: When purchasing a new UPS, organisations should always look to align the period of their UPS warranty with that of their IT equipment.
4.) Network connectivity: Upgrading on-premise equipment may not be ideal for every organisation.

He said that companies may need to consider moving some data off-premise through a private, public or hybrid cloud or to a co-located data centre.  "You  will need to look at how to maintain critical networking equipment in order to keep a reliable connection to those off-premise servers."


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