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The right Knowledge and Experience at the right Time can all the Difference
Our Denver-Based consultants have vast experience helping small businesses solve all manner of IT-related problems, as well as for providing strategic guidance filling the roles of c-level consulting - Chief Information Officer (CIO/vCIO), Chief Technology Officer (CTO/vCTO) or Chief Information Security Officer (CISO/vCISO) - but on a part-time, "fractional" or as-needed basis.
Our approach is to recommend solutions that minimize your risk and total cost of technology ownership year over year, while maximizing the returns you realize from those investments by ensuring your firewalls, switches, Windows servers, cloud networks and workstations are configured per recommended best practices and ease of administration.
Common, Current and Upcoming IT Projects
While we'll continue to be available to assist with firewall, server and network infrastructure upgrades and migrations that don't involve Windows Server '08, through 2020, a primary focus of our projects department is going to be on helping clients identify and migrate away from Microsoft technologies that are still widely used and are approaching end-of-life support. Namely, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and '08 R2, as well as Exchange Server 2010 and SQL Server 2008 and 2008R2.
If you aren't already aware, after January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer be releasing patches or updates to address security, stability or drivers issues for problems that are discovered on Win 7, Server '08/'08R2, or Exchange 2010. Of greatest concern should be the security vulnerabilities that will leave gaping holes in your defenses that will eventually allow any bad actor who can get inside your network to pretty much own your digital world - not good.
For those who are still running SQL Server 2008 and/or 2008 R2, you have a little less time as Microsoft is ending extended support for that software on July 9, 2019.
Of course, much of the firmware and middleware on machines that these operating systems reside on has already been retired in much the same way and should already be a concern to many.
So in the face of all of this planned obsolescence, make your plans to migrate your critical systems and services off of these operating systems and databases that are about to fall out support. Many of our clients will be taking advantage of advances in hardware and software that can provide orders of magnitude better performance and resiliency to realize major productivity gains and minimize risk of downtime. Others are aggressively leveraging the flexibility of cloud services like Microsoft Azure and 365 Exchange online with or without Office 365. Either way, our team of experienced and certified engineers are ready to help.
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