Microsoft will no longer support Windows Server 2003. Continue to run the server on Windows 2003 may have a profound impact on your dental clinic.
How will this affect your practice?
Your server is the backbone of your network and it usually contains all your data, including financial records and patient health information (PHI). In addition, new software applications and hardware devices may not be compatible with Windows Server 2003. Keeping your Windows Server 2003 running when Microsoft stops releasing updates puts your practices at risk. Creating a stable migration plan for a new server can help you protect your practice.
Do you need a new server?
As the industry moves toward more digital technologies in dental practice, it is now an excellent time to upgrade server hardware to meet current and future needs. Recently, many IT experts recommend the use of new hardware when migrating from Windows Server 2003 to a new platform because existing servers are often outdated and cannot meet the needs of modern enterprises.
The free TechCentral hardware assessment provided by Henry Schein can determine if your current server is adequate, and if not, what your choice is. TechCentral experts can help you determine if you need a new server by evaluating the following:
• The current server’s usage period
• The amount of data stored on the server
• How to copy or transfer data
If your server does not meet the minimum requirements, you need to upgrade. If it hardly meets the minimum requirements, you should consider upgrading to take full advantage of the new hardware.
What are the benefits of migration?
Compliance: New server hardware allows you to keep abreast of industry-wide regulatory requirements, such as HIPAA. Non-compliance risks and costs of dental clinics may be high.
Security: By upgrading your server, you will benefit from regular fixes and updates that address software vulnerabilities or bugs. If you continue to use Windows Server 2003, new patches and updates will not be available, and cyber attackers who discover new vulnerabilities will be able to use them at will.
Cost savings: Using the old server after the end of support may be quick
Increase operating costs for the following reasons: • Increase maintenance costs
• Network segmentation (isolated 2003 server)
• More powerful firewall protection
To help your practice: The new server provides you with the performance, reliability and security needed to meet current and future business needs. Some of these benefits include:
• Scalability to meet growing practical needs
• RAID storage provides high performance and redundancy in the event of a hard drive failure
What can I expect from the migration process?
When you work with a trusted partner like Henry Shayne TechCentral, you can position yourself for success. Due to the expertise of our TechCentral installation specialists, typical dental practice migration takes only a day or two. For practices with multiple sites or servers, TechCentral experts can help evaluate your requirements and recommend the right equipment for your needs.