Upgrade Server Now or Wait for Release of 2016 Windows Server?
Should you upgrade your IT server or should you wait until the release of 2016 Window Server? That is the question that many business owners are faced with. The answer to this question will depend on your particular situation since it is different from one IT environment to the next. Let us take a look at the specific timeline that would even introduce this question.
The Different Versions
The release of 2016 windows server is anticipated for the first quarter of the year. Windows 2012 R2 was released to the public in October 2014. The 2012 Windows Server was made available for release in September 2012, which is less than a year since the previous release. The 2008 Windows Server R2 still has a scheduled End of Life for the year 2020. So, with that in mind, do you really need to upgrade to 2016?
The 2008 Windows Server R2 right now can still handle most of the workload on your server. Many companies have hardly started using the 2012 version, if any at all. Most companies are still learning how to maintain their IT server using the 2008 version. Some of them are even still using the 2003 version of Windows Server, although, it has already reached its End of Life date. So, it is safe to say that we are at least two generations in the wake of the latest software release. It is going to take a lot to catch up since many organizations are still trying to learn about and adapt to the version that they are now using.
Many companies were slow at adapting to the 2012 Windows Server, partly due to its interface because it has a touch-screen-capable design, which is difficult for an IT professional. Many IT professional do not use touch screen to connect to their server. Moreover, the startup menu offers a third party product, which only clutters the server with pointless software installations.
Given this information, let’s take a look at the original question. Should you upgrade to the release of 2016 Windows Server, even though the End of Life has not yet arrived for the previous version? The answer will depend on the specific needs of your company, the time frame of your projects and the current and future plans for the company. Some good reasons to consider upgrading your server to Windows Server 2016 would be:
- When you are doing an application install or upgrade
- If you are still using 2003 Windows Server
- If there is a mandate from the company to do so
That means, it is essential to wait to upgrade to Windows Server 2016, especially if your budget does not accommodate the migration. However, you could consider it for next year once you have a budget in place. You should also consider holding off on the 2016 upgrade until all issues have been ironed out. When considering upgrading your IT server, it is always best to consult with a qualified IT consulting company.