Administrators who spent time this year retiring their last computers running Microsoft Windows XP might have another migration task ahead—Microsoft is set to retire its Windows Server 2003 operating system next July.

The good news is that in many cases the necessity of a server software upgrade will also give organizations the opportunity to modernize overall architecture, said Michael Tweedle, Dell executive director of Windows management, during a discussion on the subject Wednesday in New York.

“We see the end of Windows Server 2003 as a driver leading to broader projects,” Tweedle said. “There is a lot of Microsoft technology that organizations want to move to, but they need to clean up the underlying infrastructure to properly do that.”

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