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Petronella Technology Group to Offer Consulting Services as Microsoft Announces End to Windows XP Support Lifecycle as of April 8, 2014

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RALEIGH, N.C., Jan. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The end of support for Windows XP and Server 2003 will mean a spike in cyber-attacks against these decade-old systems; like something out of "The Walking Dead," after April 8 Windows XP will become a ripe host for every imaginable species of malware. IT departments in organizations where XP is still the backbone perhaps need not go into panic mode yet, but the time for delay is certainly over. More information on the impact of this news is available here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/endofsupport.aspx.

Faced with a migration by necessity, the logical choice would be to upgrade to one of the more recent iterations of Microsoft's operating system and server platform, such as Windows 7 or 8.1 (Server 2012 is the counterpart to Windows 8). Migrating to the newest possible platform ensures that it's many more years before the issue surfaces again, if ever.

As IT managers know, migrating to a new OS and server platform is no simple task. In the Raleigh-Durham area, Petronella Technology Group has more than ten years' experience providing expert and client-centric support for projects large and small. In response to Microsoft's termination of support, the company is prepared to offer its services as a migration consultant: http://www.petronellacomputer.com/windows-xp-support-deadline/.

Delaying the move to a new OS, even for a short period, is simply not a smart choice. Cyber criminals read the tech news dailies just like everyone else in the industry, so the end of XP support will not fly under the radar. Come April 8, the criminal element will be hard at work exploiting whatever vulnerabilities they can find in Windows XP and Server 2003.

Even if security could somehow be maintained on a system running a legacy OS, issues with compatibility would quickly turn into a death spiral. Specifically, hardware manufacturers and software vendors, many of whom were already leaving Windows XP behind, will stop supporting the OS entirely. That means being stuck with dated, underpowered and buggy applications and systems.

Microsoft, understanding that migration can be a herculean task, especially at the enterprise level, has made available a wealth of technical resources to streamline deployment of its products. In the meantime, IT departments in the Raleigh-Durham area can turn to Petronella Technology Group should they find themselves overwhelmed with the scope of work.

About Petronella Technology Group

Founded in 2002, our mission is to provide proactive, world-class managed IT Support Services to small businesses in the Raleigh area at an affordable, fixed monthly rate. By allowing us to manage all aspects of IT, we are able to prevent problems before they cause you downtime.

The vision of Petronella Technology Group is to provide these same reliable and affordable IT Support and services to businesses globally.

Contact:

Craig Petronella
www.petronellacomputer.com
5540 Centerview Drive #200
Raleigh, NC 27606
(919) 422-2607

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