You\u2019ve probably read enough dire warnings about the terrible things that will affect your business if you keep using Windows Server 2003 past Microsoft\u2019s announced End of Support deadline in July. It\u2019s springtime, so let\u2019s put aside the negatives and focus on the good things in store when you migrate to a new and better server platform. Read on for our top four benefits to making the move to Windows Server 2012 R2.\u00a0\n1. You\u2019ll enjoy an instant boost in performance and productivity\u2014This alone is worth the effort, especially as data demands are accelerating at a staggering pace from more users and more devices. Servers based on the Intel\u00ae Xeon\u00ae processor E5 v3 product family running Windows Server 2012 R2 deliver up to 6x faster performance than comparable previous-generation systems. And if your existing servers are four or more years old, the performance bump will be all the more dramatic. The benefits of a data center refresh extend to storage media as well: new Intel\u00ae solid-state drives are up to 1,300 times faster than four-year-old hard drives.\n2. You\u2019ll save money by reducing data center cost and complexity\u2014A single new Intel-based server\u00a0can do the work of three older servers, which means fewer servers occupying less space; what\u2019s more, intelligent built-in power capabilities are designed to reduce energy consumption. And remote management features reduce the number of costly desk-side visits, freeing IT staff from time-consuming maintenance issues to concentrate on high-level initiatives.\n3. You\u2019re well-positioned for the cloud\u2014A data center refresh\u00a0with the built-in virtualization capabilities of the Intel Xeon processor E5 product family enables you to tap the full advantages of a cloud-based environment that can make you much more competitive. These capabilities are fully complemented by the advanced features of Windows Server 2012 R2. \u00a0\n4. You\u2019ll have your security bases covered\u2014The combined security capabilities of the Intel Xeon processor E5 product family and Windows Server 2012 R2 help enable your customers to continue doing business with you, maintaining compliance with HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley, PCI and other regulatory standards. Intel-based servers are designed with foundational, hardware-assisted security capabilities that safeguard data through encryption and protect against malware and other attacks. And you\u2019ll continue to receive ongoing support through Microsoft, Intel, and PC Connection, Inc.\nYes, you need to migrate your data center away from Windows Server 2003, and soon. But the good news\u2014and there\u2019s lots of it\u2014is that you\u2019ll be glad you did.