Typing male handsFor many years, Windows Server 2003 was the best, and most commonly used, support platform for servers. But as with most things in the technology world, the system has become outdated. Newer models, such as Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft Azure, now provide better security and support.

As of July 14, 2015, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or online support for Windows Server 2003. And yet, millions of servers are still using the platform, meaning some of you have limited time in which to change over to a newer platform.

If your business is running on a 2003 server, the end of Microsoft support could become problematic for your company and your customers.

No more updates. Once support ends on July 14, servers running on Windows Server 2003 will not receive important updates. Your technology will quickly become outdated. Any holes in your security will simply remain wide open, leaving you and your customers vulnerable to online threats.

Many applications will fail. Applications which are dependent upon Windows Server 2003 will fail, because their operating system is no longer supported. Your business practices would not pass a compliance audit.

Serious consequences. As your system no longer complies with various industry standards and regulations, you could be subject to penalties and transaction fees. And of course, any security problems your customers experience could be passed on to you in the form of lawsuits, legal fees, and settlements.

Clearly, the cost of moving your servers over to a current, supported platform far outweigh the potential losses from staying with Windows Server 2003.

For more information on migrating your servers to a fully-supported platform, visit the Microsoft End of Support page or talk to your favorite IT expert. An IT expert can answer your questions, guide you through the migration process, and help you make a smooth transition from your old, outdated platform to your new one.