Your server is the backbone of your dental office’s network, housing critical information like financial records and patient health information (PHI). So you should know that after January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer support Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2¹, and it’s also discontinuing support for the Windows 7 operating system (OS)².
How does this affect you? Continuing to run hardware or software when Microsoft stops releasing updates puts your practice at risk.
Protecting Against Cyber-Attacks
Microsoft notes that it’s important to update the OS on your workstations and server before next January because as “cyber-attacks become more sophisticated and frequent, running apps and data on unsupported versions can create significant security and compliance risks.”³
If your practice continues to use Windows 7 or Windows 2008, they won’t suddenly stop working on January 15, but as Microsoft notes, “once support ends, your PC will become more vulnerable to security risks.”4 Additionally, if you continue to run either of these operating systems, new software applications and hardware devices may not be compatible.
Upgrading to the latest supported version of Windows is the recommended solution, but be aware that the latest Windows version will probably struggle to run on old hardware.
Getting out of the Constant Upgrade Cycle
With a dizzying amount of information out there, how do you, as a dentist, know how to keep up? And how can you be expected to take on the expense of replacing several pieces of your office information technology (IT) every few years?
Is it possible to get out of this cycle of staying on top of technology refreshes? I’m here to tell you that it is, when you partner with an IT provider who offers “hardware as a service.” This means that rather than incur the cost and frustration of purchasing and supporting your own networking hardware, you simply pay a monthly fee for a trusted IT provider to install, maintain and monitor your dental office network.
TechCentral, by Henry Schein One, now offers OmniCore™, an all-in-one network infrastructure solution that provides all essential hardware and services needed to run your dental practice. No more building your network from à la carte IT equipment and services. With this solution, TechCentral truly takes the IT stress out of dentistry so you can focus your attention on the expert dental care you provide.
OmniCore helps relieve dentists’ IT financial burden as well, because all support, product management, equipment upgrades and even the replacement of failed hardware is included in one easy-to-budget monthly amount.
This single decision can make life easier for the entire life of your practice because you’re handing your IT burden over to a trusted partner, just like you do with many other business or electronic services.
TechCentral will keep your network current now and in the future because it is a one-stop IT partner for dentists, and it is able to take care of any network needs, from upgrading your OS, to replacing old workstations and software, to setting up IT equipment and remotely monitoring it.
Partner With an Expert
Don’t rely on the local computer guy who may not know anything about the unique needs of the dental industry when you can depend on TechCentral, a trusted IT organization with proven solutions designed specifically for dentists.
The technology professionals at TechCentral offer a complimentary technology assessment to help identify vulnerabilities in your practice, so you can get the IT solutions that are right for your current and future needs.
Schedule your TechCentral network assessment today by visiting http://www.HSTechCentral.com.