Moving from Microsoft Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 not only ensures your data center is running on a supported platform, it can save you money in a number of ways\u2014and that\u2019s always a good thing.\nMicrosoft will end support for all versions of Windows Server 2003 on July 14, 2015. As you probably already know, that means no more software or security updates. The potential costs of maintaining these legacy servers and protecting them against cyber-attacks can cripple an IT budget\u2014especially if protect them with firewalls and intrusion detection systems. But all is not lost. Migrating to Windows Server 2012 R2 reduces costs and increase productivity. Sound too good to be true? It\u2019s not, and it\u2019s all because of the advancements in virtualization, management, storage, and networking.\nWindows Server 2012 offers the perfect opportunity to transition to a modern Cisco and Microsoft data center solution deployed on Cisco server infrastructure. This allows you to reduce IT costs, improve service delivery, and avoid the challenges associated with maintaining a legacy platform.\nIT continuously faces pressure to simplify operations, and server migration allows you to not only streamline services to enterprise users but also reduce operational costs and increase user productivity. Cisco\u2019s Unified Computing System (UCS) enables enterprises to implement a single Microsoft-Cisco platform that will increase reliability and security. And let\u2019s face it, if you need to maintain PCI compliance you\u2019re going to have to migrate sooner or later.\nBy deploying Cisco UCS servers running Microsoft Windows Server 2012, you\u2019ll be able to efficiently migrate legacy applications from Windows Server 2003 environments while connecting users, information, and teams in real-time. This will help IT enable comprehensive and effective collaborative experiences across your business.\nWith Cisco UCS, you can tune your environment to support the unique needs of each application while consolidating and simplifying operations and powering all your server workloads on a centrally managed, highly scalable system. And the reasons to migrate don\u2019t stop there.\nYour business will also be able to consolidate servers to reduce power consumption, cabling costs, and rack space. You\u2019ll be able to eliminate the need for expensive third-party virtualization licenses. You can configure servers in minutes\u2014and rely on a single tool to manage physical and virtual servers. Migrating to Windows Server 2012 will allow you to deliver modern application services while virtualizing on your own terms, and you can automate IT operations to drive quality and efficiency. That\u2019s huge.\nDeploying Cisco UCS servers will enable the enterprise to reduce the total cost of ownership at the platform, site, and organizational level. This lets you lower IT operations staff costs through improved management operations.\nWindows Server 2003 was a great product, but the clock is ticking as it approaches end of life. When you\u2019re ready to cut the cord and say goodbye to 2003, give us a call. We\u2019re here to help\u2014so much so we\u2019ve created a tool to give you a head start. Check it out by visiting www.pcconnection.com\/WindowsServerEOS. After all, this is one deadline you don\u2019t want to miss!\nWith the end of support date for Windows Server 2003 fast approaching, there's never been a better time to plan your data center transformation. Our experts have designed this helpful tool to get you started on the right upgrade path for your unique environment, applications, and workloads.