Windows Server 2008 reached its finish of life on 14 January, 2020. Microsoft will proceed to assist the OS, however solely at vital price. As common, some users are prepared to danger working an unsupported and susceptible OS. Google seems to be concentrating on these folks with a brand new function to its Migrate for Compute Engine product.
As the corporate explained in a weblog put up, the brand new function signifies that migrations into Google cloud imply “Everything you had running on the original system will persist, but when the migration is done it’ll be running the new OS, Windows Server 2012. You can do this with your physical and virtual servers from on-prem, and also with VMs currently running in AWS or Azure.”
The satan is within the element on this one, as a result of as Google itself explains, its migration service shouldn’t be magic. The corporate recommends testing, validation, and a parallel migration effort for the information that VMs must do helpful work.
However the supply is audacious – not least as a result of it’s free (though clients are in fact on the clock for any sources they use in Google’s cloud) and involves market towards Microsoft’s supply of free prolonged assist for Windows Server 2008 workloads moved into Azure.
The massive clouds have lengthy provided migration instruments, each for on-prem uplift into clouds and for cloud-to-cloud migration. CRN’s not encountered proof that they make a big distinction to purchaser behaviour, however has heard quite a few companions recommend that cloud migration initiatives are an enormous a part of their 2020 plans.
By saving organisations the effort of an OS migration, Google would possibly simply appeal to extra of their consideration.