Windows 2003 Support EOL: What Data Science Tells Us
Two weeks from today, one of the most popular Windows server operating systems (OS) – Microsoft Windows Server 2003 – will reach its support end of life. After the Windows 2003 support EOL on July 14, 2015, Microsoft will no longer issue security updates or fixes for any version of Windows Server 2003.
OS vendors retiring old versions of operating systems is not new, but there is lot of press coverage about this impending event. Even the U.S. Department of Homeland Securityissued an alert. I asked myself, “Is this really that significant or is Microsoft just leveraging this event to persuade their users to migrate to the Microsoft cloud?”
To better understand this, I worked with one of our data scientists to analyze the OS trends found in virtualized datacenters. Since 2012, CloudPhysics has been collecting a treasure trove of information from thousands of virtualized datacenters (vSphere environments) across the globe.
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