Why containerize your Legacy Window Server Applications?


Okay, so applications are the lifeline of the business and to keep them sustaining it is vital to update them. Well, as the Microsoft platform doesn’t support the Window server 2003 any longer and the support for the WS 2008 is going to be terminated in 2020, the reasons to adopt the legacy applications are just getting bigger and bigger.


In the future, the cost of maintenance is expected to go higher whereas the risk of security and compliance will increase. So, this unavoidable challenge needs to be addressed soon, as the process of updating all these applications is a daunting task. But, with the containerization of special platforms, this issue can be easily tackled. The secured and portable legacy application will make your business ready for the hybrid cloud and further modernization.

Here are a few reasons that are forcing enterprises around the globe towards the container management platforms to give a new lifeline to the legacy Windows server applications.

#1. Legacy window server applications are about to end

Its been numerous years now since Microsoft has ended the support for the WS 2003 operating system. Since then, the WS 2003 products are receiving no security patches or technical assistance from Microsoft. This could open up the doors for viruses and malicious attacks in your business. And, if you delay any further application upgrade, then this will affect your business in the worst possible way.

Moreover, if Your legacy applications are supported by WS 2008, then Microsoft is going to unplug its support on this server by January 14, 2020. That’s why smart enterprises are going towards the container platform to refresh WS 2003/2008 applications on modern infrastructure. This will save them lots of money and give them extra security shielding and improve the performance of applications.

#2. It’s easy to modernize apps

Getting your application ready to run on the Windows 2016 and on the cloud doesn’t require any extra efforts. The containerizing application on the container platform requires no code modification. You can containerize your decade older windows server application using the container platform easily such as Docker Enterprise. Well, let’s take the example of the tool called Jabil, this has converted applications using Docker platform to the cloud.

This feature of the container platform can vary to different technology mixtures like static HTML, ASP, and ASP.NET WebForms for instance. As your business needs to grow, you can create microservices around the legacy applications to offer the functionality and freedom to work in the new platform.

#3. Improves security and reduce compliance risk

Well, you won’t only get the smooth comfort of running the latest Window by containerizing your application, but you also get the advanced level of security advantages. With this platform, applications will get the benefit from the integrated security across the platforms. Moreover, the secrets management and role-based management will also enhance the overall security improvement of the legacy applications.

Once you have containerized all your Windows 2003 applications, you can increase your frequency of patching and address security vulnerabilities and outdated components more quickly.

#4. Return on investment

Application modernization techniques will help in complete application rewrite and will let you move problems from one cloud to another. In getting the return on investment takes years. The traditional approach won’t work here, you have to get the advantage of the benefits that come with containers whether on-premises or in the cloud.

Well, if you want to secure your business applications quickly, then you have to get the container platform ready for you.

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Arpit Agarwal

I am a freelancer content writer, web developer and Video editor who loves to write technical stuff and on the other hand makes awesome videos as well. I like to make people happy with my writing and also try to make sure, you come back to read more.

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