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Aventis Systems® Equips IT Professionals with an Arsenal of Quick Preparation Tips for Microsoft® Windows® Server 2003 End-of-Life

ATLANTA — June 17, 2015 — Aventis Systems, Inc., a leading provider of technology equipment and services, today announced help for IT professionals preparing for the looming end-of-life (EOL) of Microsoft® Windows® Server 2003 on July 14, 2015.

“Formulating a plan for action is the most important step for businesses to prepare for important software reaching EOL, such as Microsoft® Windows® Server 2003,” said Ben Yampolsky, Director of IT Services at Aventis Systems. “Although it may sound scary, when software reaches EOL, the software vendor simply will no longer support the software, denoting patches, security updates, and product support will cease to exist. Companies need to prepare for this EOL, regardless of whether they decide to stay with the platform or upgrade to a supported platform.”

Aventis Systems has compiled quick preparation tips to help companies prepare for the approaching EOL:

  • Investigate a software upgrade path to a supported platform, such as Server 2012 R2.
  • Look into simultaneous hardware upgrades to ensure compatibility and possible cost savings if new hardware comes equipped with the latest software.
  • Consider consolidating aging systems through virtualization or hosting.

If a business cannot fully implement an upgrade plan before a software platform reaches EOL, Aventis Systems recommends taking the following measures to protect themselves and their organizations:

  • Businesses with network-connected systems past EOL should quickly place systems behind a network-based firewall device and lock down open ports from the Internet.
  • Confirm the EOL software has the most up-to-date security patch available.
  • Make preparations to move from the unsupported platform as soon as possible.

“Even though the software will not suddenly stop working, failure to upgrade your systems can have a variety of consequences, including exposing users and businesses to a plethora of security threats, performance issues, and possible noncompliance with industry regulations,” added Yampolsky. “It is our goal to help IT professionals understand the changing landscape and build a roadmap to protect themselves and address the vulnerabilities before the change occurs.”

For more information on how to prepare for the of Microsoft® Windows® Server 2003 EOL, Aventis Systems has produced a bite sized webinar, a short blog post, and a comprehensive infographic for IT administrators to help hone in on the key steps to plan software upgrades. Aventis Systems is also offering a 20 percent discount on Microsoft software today through July 14, 2015 to ensure customers can meet their needs within budget.

IT professionals should visit Aventis Systems online to witness their one-stop shop solutions to hardware, software, and services needs.

About Aventis Systems

Aventis Systems, Inc. is an industry leader in developing customized and comprehensive IT hardware, software, and services solutions. A true one-stop shop, the Atlanta-based company specializes in Dell and HP lines of servers and storage units; Cisco, Dell, and HP networking equipment; a full suite of business class workstations, desktops, and laptops; all hardware components necessary for upgrades; and carries Microsoft, VMware, and Veeam software. Aventis Systems offers a complete portfolio of Advanced IT Services designed to address the most pressing needs of small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) including expertise in cloud, data recovery, disaster recovery, security, server and storage infrastructure, and virtualization.

Aventis Systems’ mission is to build long-lasting relationships with customers by offering extensive plans designed to meet a variety of IT needs. This is accomplished by leveraging experienced sales and engineering professionals to evaluate customers’ infrastructures in order to craft the most cost-effective solutions. Due to the company’s expansive inventory, Aventis Systems delivers these solutions with the shortest build and ship times in the industry. Additionally, the Company’s on-site installation and support services across the continental U.S. allow customers to implement projects as quickly as possible. For more information on Aventis Systems, please contact 1-866-528-9313, visit www.AventisSystems.com, or connect with them on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook.