Windows, Linux, Cpanel & Plesk Life Cycle

Has Your Windows/Linux Or Control Panel Reached Its End Of Life?

Every software product including Operating System (Windows & Linux) and control panel (cPanel & Plesk) has a life cycle. The beginning of life is when the software is released to the public and the end of life is when the software developers stop supporting it. When you are keeping your OS and applications up to date you are not only taking advantage of new features but also by applying security updates and patches you are keeping your data safe. Hackers are preying on vulnerable and outdate servers to lunch ransomware attach, steal your personal information, to take control of your server to send out spam or attack other computers. A lot of people are hesitant to migrate to a new server either they don’t have time or they think it will cost a lot of money but I assure you the benefits outweighs the cost. In some cases, our technical team can move your data to a new server free of charge. Following tables highlights the Life Cycle of MS Windows, some of the Linux distros and 2 of the widely used website hosting control panels ( cPanel and Plesk):

  • MS Windows: if your windows version is older than 2012 you have to consider migrating to a new server immediately. You can search and learn more about the Microsoft product life cycle here
Operating SystemMainstream Support End DateExtended Support End Date
Windows 2019January 2024January 2029
Windows 2016January 2022January 2027
Windows 2012October 2018October 2023
Windows 2008 R2 STD.April 2013April 2013
  • Linux: your server is always more sure with the new Kernel, newer Linux versions are generally more stable with improved performance. If you are using CentOS 6 or older or Debian 9 and older you should consider migrating to a new server as soon as possible.
Operating SystemEnd of Life
CentOS 8May 2029
CentOS 7June 2024
CentOS 6November 2020
CentOS 5March 2017
Operating SystemEnd of Life
Debian 10January 2022
Debian 9January 2020
Debian 8June 2018
Debian 7April 2016
Operating SystemEnd of Life
Ubuntu 20.04April 2025
Ubuntu 19.04January 2020
Ubuntu 18.04April 2023
Ubuntu 17.04January 2018
Ubuntu 16.04April 2021

Control Panel: To get the important security updates, access to free SSL, latest application and features, mitigate risk, and ensuring compliance with standards like GDPR we strongly advise you to upgrade your control panel to the latest version. If you are using Plesk 12 or earlier version you should migrate to a new server + control panel as soon as possible. You can read more about Plesk’s end of life here. If you are using cPanel on CentOS 6 or 5 you should migrate to CentOS 7 as soon as possible.

Plesk PanelEnd of Life
Plesk ObsidianN/A
Plesk OnyxApril 2021
Plesk 12January 2019
Plesk 11December 2016
cPanel OS SupportEnd of Life
Centos 7, Red Hat Enterprise Linux7, cloud Linux 7December 2024
Centos 6, Red Hat Enterprise Linux6, cloud Linux 6June 2020
Centos 5, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, cloud Linux 5October 2017

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