END OF LIFE! They can be three of the scariest words, especially when it means you’re facing a total overhaul of your entire computing stack! While we know that Microsoft is great at waving the flag, reminding its customers that these end-of-life cycles are coming, they are never easy, and they always mean a complete IT overhaul is coming, no matter what.
End of support means the end of regular security updates. Sure, you could just not upgrade and proceed with an operating system that is no longer supported by Microsoft. But, with cyberattacks becoming more sophisticated and frequent, running apps and data on unsupported versions can create significant security and compliance risks. Who knows what lurks? Who wants to find out?
So, what’s the schedule?
• Extended Support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will end on January 14, 2020.
• Extended Support for Windows 7 will end on January 14, 2020.
Businesses around the world have two choices: upgrade their on-prem network to Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 and then face the same IT project in the future (over and over); OR come to the cloud and make future upgrades a breeze. Either way, your End Customers have an IT project to complete. Of course, only the cloud-path provides BOTH the security and the flexibility End Customers need AND gives you the recurring revenue your business craves. Your MSP has a great revenue opportunity here: take advantage of it!
We get it, no one likes IT projects; so instead of simply making this one, another in a long line that your End Customers have to endure, make it their last! And, I’ll say it again: This is an excellent way to either add to or start building your recurring revenue stream for your cloud business.
Operating systems going end of life is an ideal time to transform your End Customers’ IT environment with the cloud. For the End Customer, our solution is very simple, highly secure and provides excellent accessibility, among so many other benefits.
For your MSP, building your business in the cloud comes to be the only thing that makes sense, when you consider:
Competitive Pricing & Full Support | We have been in the cloud for a long time. We know the market, how to price and what solutions your End Customers need to support their IT. We back this with a team of cloud experts who are dedicated to helping you build your business in the cloud. We are 100% in the cloud, so your success is our success!
Complete Cyber Security | Do you want to make sure that your End Customers are fully secure and their data, applications and infrastructure are safe from Ransomware, cyber-attacks, and lest we not forget, the biggest threat of all: errant and malicious employees. Our solutions inherently keep your End Customers’ IT safe. Of course, “inherently” is a term our security team never takes for granted. Their dedication to security is job one.
Microsoft Window Virtual Desktop | Since 2017, we have been engaged with Microsoft in the development of this solution. Last fall, when they announced it at their Ignite conference, they tagged us as a “leading partner” in its development. As a CloudJumper partner, you are perfectly positioned to market this solution the moment it hits the market later this year.
Flexibility to Work How You Do | CloudJumper offers both Cloud Workspace®, a full-service platform that provides you a complete solution for going to market quickly and easily. It is a great solution for those MSPs just getting going in the cloud.
If you like to maintain more control, you should consider our SaaS-based, cloud-enablement solution, Cloud Workspace® Management Suite. A great solution for larger MSPs who have already invested in many of the needed technologies to build and market their own cloud solution.
So, what’s the bottom line? Over the next year, your MSP team is going to be helping numerous End Customers make a choice about moving forward as Microsoft sunsets yet more solutions. They will look to you as their technical expert, hoping you’re watching out for their best interest.
Yeah, you can do an in-place, on-prem upgrade for them, or you can provide them with all of the benefits of the cloud while removing yourself from managing their on-prem infrastructure … and while building your own lucrative recurring revenue stream at the same time.