Is It Time To Swerve A Server?

Microsoft is ceasing support for Windows Server 2012 on October 10, 2023. Is it time to get away from your own server and move to the cloud?

This is the message from First Degree Systems (a Cyncly business) and company’s sales manager, Greg Beachim who claims relying on unsupported servers could put the security of possibly hundreds of window fabricators at risk if they don’t upgrade their systems.


The options

Beachim says: “Many businesses will be looking at two options. The first is to upgrade the server operating system – but the second is you may be forced to upgrade the server hardware as well. But both come with serious drawbacks.

“As much as Server 2012 operating system is reaching end of life, more recent server hardware may not meet the challenges of the software or your business in the coming years. You would then be forced to invest in both new server hardware and operating system licencing, which can cost thousands if not tens of thousands of pounds.”


Window Designer Cloud

Beachim continues: “There is a third option, which is to move to a cloud-based solution such as Window Designer Cloud, which can offer you many more benefits.

“Doing nothing is generally advised against because an outdated operating system puts your business at significant risk of being hacked or breached when manufacturers no longer offer security patches, software updates, or technical support.

“Also, running on a legacy system means you are more likely to run into performance issues, which could slow down production and reduce output.”


Cloud is the way

Beachim ads: “All the software you use to run your business, including office and accounting software, will likely come with a cloud-based alternative. Today, most software is run on a subscription-based cloud model.

“The first benefit of moving to the cloud is that you don’t have to invest in and maintain expensive hardware, which means you get a bigger bang for your buck. For example, a new server can cost thousands, whereas Window Designer Cloud Pro subscription offers a great value alternative.

“Plus, running on the cloud makes it easy to scale up so you can add more modules as you go. So, you may start out on a basic package that allows you to process window and door designs, including complex shapes and requirements. But then you can upgrade your subscription package to include other cost and time-saving modules, such as Profile Optimiser and Stock Assistant, which help to reduce waste, optimise pricing and manage stock levels that keeps more cash in the business.”


Picture: Greg Beachim of First Degree Systems (a Cyncly business).

Article written by Cathryn Ellis
20th September 2023


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