We tend to focus on the latest and greatest in modern IT. Yet the fact is, fully half of all servers in operation are five to seven years old, running aging software like Microsoft Windows Server 2008.

If you're among that 50 percent whose business relies on legacy systems, this news from September's Microsoft Ignite conference directly impacts you: Microsoft will terminate support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 effective January 14, 2020. The end of service ax falls even sooner for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 – July 19, 2019, a little over eight months away.

But, here's the good news: The end of support could be the motivating factor that propels you along the critical path to a full IT transformation, starting with modern software solutions and the servers that drive them. Here are three compelling reasons to refresh, based on the technology-related challenges you're facing, and the immediate benefits you could start enjoying with a well-planned server upgrade.

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