Windows Server 2003 support will end:

Microsoft is ending support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14th 2015

This means that the critical servers running your Immediacy or Alterian CMC website will be unsupported. 

It is now imperative to migrate your Immediacy web servers to Windows Server 2012 if you don’t want to get left in the cold when support ends.

Why is this a problem?

Security Threats

When support ends in 2015, bug fixes will stop. New vulnerabilities won’t be addressed and your Server 2003 systems will become a massive security risk and potentially open to cyber attacks.

Additional cost

Without support, Windows Server 2003 will result in mounting operational expenses.

There are also capital expenditure discussions to be considered regarding the end of support. For example consider the upfront costs of the required tools: intrusion detection systems, more advanced firewalls, network segmentation and so forth. These costs are such that buying new Server 2012 licenses is certainly a prudent investment.


The legal requirement, to have an independent audit performed at regular intervals if you run out-dated software, is another consideration for an increasing number of businesses. Those audits can be expensive, often costing more than the cost of new licenses.

Immediacy CMS and Alterian CMC

The IADigital team have extensive experience at configuring Immediacy CMS and Alterian CMC on Windows Server 2012 x64 (and 2008 x64). Whilst being a legacy CMS and no longer supported by the vendor, moving to a new Windows server environment will give you a stable platform whilst making a decision and eventually migrating to a new CMS. It is noteworthy that most newer .NET CMS platforms your organisation might consider in the future recommend the Windows Server 2012, protecting this investment further. 

As part of the migration IADigital can also perform a full CMS and website audit to address any issues which may be present following end of support from Alterian / SDL.

Where to go next?

IADigital can help you make the difficult decisions about migration away from Immediacy or Alterian. We can advise you on which systems to look at and we can design and build a brand new website for you using Umbraco, envisage or Sitecore.

Call us now, on 01202 555124, or email for free advice and an explanation of your options...