This IDC study looks at Windows Server 2003 installations, usage, and plans leading up to the end of support of the product, based on a web questionnaire survey conducted among user companies concerning Windows Server 2003 operation.
IT solution providers have been actively promoting migration from Windows Server 2003 since spring 2014 in several ways. However, this user survey clearly showed the existence of a user segment where one out of five Windows Server 2003 server administrators is not aware that support will end in July 2015. Interestingly, around 20% answered "continue to use Windows Server 2003" even after the end of support for Windows Server 2003. If a company's partners have decided to "continue to use Windows Server 2003" there is a risk of the company leaking confidential information through its partners. Satoshi Fukutomi, server Group Manager, IDC Japan states, "While it is only natural for IT solution providers such as Microsoft and server vendors to educate the market on migrating Windows Server 2003 servers, it is also important for user companies to pay attention to the support status of their partners toward the end of support for Windows Server 2003, and to urge them to respond as soon as possible."
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