But Shepley points out that moving away from Server 2003 can be a significant opportunity for CIOs to cut IT costs and increase efficiency. That's because most Server 2003 boxes run a single application are therefore highly underutilized, he says. By running these applications on newer operating systems in virtual machines it should be possible to reduce the number of physical servers required significantly, and increase overall server utilization.
"Almost everyone we are working with is moving from physical Server 2003 boxes to Server 2012 running in virtual machines," he says.
And Zynstra's East adds that from a business perspective it rarely makes sense to use technology that is obsolete.
"Organizations can get considerable benefit from using a high tech infrastructure," he says. "There have been considerable advances in software since 2003, so if you are still using Server 2003 then your organization is not benefiting from them."
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