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About the ‘Death of Windows 7’ and how it might affect your business

13th January marks the day that Microsoft’s Windows 7 passes from mainstream support into extended Support which will finally cease in January 2020.  2020 is just around the corner, so now is the time to start thinking about upgrading.

On top of this, support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 will reach end of support later that year, on October 13th 2020.

Research deriving from content delivery firm Kollective indicates that over 43 percent of enterprises within the US and the UK still run Windows 7, which could potentially have unwanted consequences come January next year. Back in January 2015, Microsoft announced that they were ending mainstream support for Windows 7 with extended support running through till January 14th, 2020.

This could cause concern for businesses who haven’t yet thought about upgrading their systems. Considering that moving away from Windows XP took up to three whole years for large organisations, businesses are urged to think about upgrading as soon as possible.

Nouveau reminds customers that once on Windows 10, businesses will need to continuously update their systems as part of Microsoft’s new ‘Windows-as-a-service” initiative. Gareth Scott, our Senior Consultant Engineer, says that ‘older versions of Windows previously updated every so often, maybe every 18 months or so. Now Windows 10 is already past its fifth iteration because it gets updated much more regularly ensuring that your environment is benefiting from the most uptodate security patches and bug fixes ’. For businesses with outdated infrastructure, distributing frequent updates across all their systems may prove to be rather vexatious.

Gareth recommends testing the migration on duplicate systems. This means copying your environment onto a ‘test-bench’ PC or server, including all the applications that your business relies on. The Nouveau team can help you with this transition and work with you to select the right upgrade path for your environment.

 

What’s the danger? Why you can’t just stick with Windows 7.

A lack of support for Windows 7 means that there will be no further security patches for the operating system. It’s quite clear what this means for your business: you are unfortunately much more susceptible to cyber-attacks.

When the cyberattack known as ‘WannaCry’ broke out back in May 2017, it was discovered that the ransomware spread much more rapidly by exploiting vulnerabilities in PCs that used outdated and under-protected systems such as Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. When Windows 7 goes end-of-life, expect a higher proportion of cyberattacks to be aimed at the unsupported operating system. We here at Nouveau are making it one of our priorities to ensure that our customers start thinking about upgrading if they haven’t done so already and ensure your transition is as seamless as possible.

By preparing sooner rather than later, you can make sure your transition is as seamless as possible, and we are here to help!

How Nouveau can help

We here at Nouveau can offer full scale migration services and can help your business upgrade outdated systems and infrastructure as the need arises.

If you would like to speak to one of our experts, please send an email to hello@nouveau.co.uk or call 01189 699290 for more information.


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Nouveau Solutions have dedicated teams for each different area that are made up of very knowledgeable technicians and engineers that specialise in their specific area of expertise. It is due to this that I always feel confident that Nouveau Solutions will be able to deliver us any IT services that we may request from them (there has been a lot over the years).

They have always gone above and beyond to deliver high quality professional IT services to meet any requirements that we throw at them within any timeframes that we may set.

On top of the ad-hoc IT services we request from Nouveau Solutions, they also monitor, manage, maintain and support some of our network infrastructure and have always been on hand to resolve any issues that may be noticed via their monitoring or raised by us within a timely manner.

We also purchase the majority of our IT equipment including hardware, software and licensing through Nouveau Solutions which is always at a reasonable price and always received within a timely manner.

Since day one of our relationship with Nouveau Solutions we have been appointed to the same one account manager which has allowed him to get to know our business very well. The service that has been provided by him to us has been nothing but exceptional. He always comes across as knowledgeable in any business discussions that we may have and has always been happy to take the time to communicate with us, make us aware of anything that we need to be aware of, or provide us with updates on anything.  I have always had the impression that his main priority is to ensure that we are happy with everything that Nouveau Solutions provides to us and he will do anything to ensure that is the case.

All in all, I have nothing but praise to offer for Nouveau Solutions and would highly recommend them to any company that was looking for an IT services company.  There are definitely no plans here to switch to a different IT services company for the foreseeable future.

Here’s to many more years with using Nouveau Solutions! “

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