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With a Year of Support Left, HP Launches Program to Ease Windows Server 2003 Migration

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HP has developed a new program with Microsoft that will help partners migrate customers from Windows Server 2003 ahead of July 2015, when Microsoft will end support for the server.

The HP Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Migration Program will help partners meet customer needs in assessing, planning and implementing their migration. Partners will benefit from reduced cost and risk, increased ROI and fast implementation, HP said in a statement announcing the new program.

“The success of customer migrations from Windows Server 2003 depends on thorough planning, disciplined migration execution and post-migration support,” Sue Barsamian, senior vice president and general manager, Enterprise Group, HP said. “Our migration approach offers partners optimal flexibility and support, whether they are transitioning their customers’ workloads to a private, public or hybrid cloud or modernizing their applications and IT infrastructure to achieve better business results.”

HP said this new program will help partners capitalize on the $10 billion opportunity as customers transition from Windows Server 2003. A recent report by the Cloud Industry Forum said that Windows Server 2003 end-of-life will drive cloud adoption in the near-term.

In moving away from Windows Server 2003, HP and Microsoft will be pushing HP SMB Flex-Bundles, which uses Azure as a cloud backup solution, and Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2.

The program includes channel-optimized bundles for enterprise and SMB customers, and HP Financial Services which offers partners financial incentives and migration solutions including trade in.

Through the program HP and Microsoft will offer special promotions for Server and Microsoft Operating System license combinations when a partner replaces a Windows Server 2003 installation.

Partners will also be able to access sales enablement and training resources to help with customer migration assessments.

“For three decades, Microsoft and HP have been jointly innovating and delivering products and solutions that provide tangible business results for our shared customers,” Nick Parker, corporate vice president, Device Partnerships, Microsoft said. “Today’s joint Windows Server 2003 EOS program announcement is another example of the differentiated end-to-end offerings that our customers and partners can rapidly and safely deploy, whether on premises with HP’s latest innovative server platforms or in the cloud with Microsoft’s Azure platform.”

Plenty of technology companies have blundered transitions as support for products end or services are discontinued. While programs like the one from HP and Microsoft do help to smooth these transitions, it is important that communication is clear and partners act quickly to help customers transition as soon as possible.

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