A server system is the heart of a company’s I.T. life. It often contains many, if not all company files, and acts as the central core that all company computers are connected to. A slowdown of such a system would therefore mean a slowdown of the company as a whole. Often, inefficiencies that begin to occur are caused by an aging operating system (OS), which inhibits the utilization efficiency of a server’s components.
An OS is the fundamental program of a computer system. It acts as the interface between the components of a computer and its user, and acts as the ground on which other programs operate. However, like any other program, it requires constant updates from its developer to keep up with new components or software. For instance, Windows OS receives periodic updates from Microsoft which improve its stability, efficiency, and security.
When a developer cuts further support to an end-of-life operating system, it not only becomes a cause of major slowdown due to inefficient use of hardware, but it also becomes a security liability, as hackers would be able to take advantage of vulnerabilities that are no longer being addressed by its programmers. As such, it is imperative to keep the operating systems on company systems updated, to ensure efficient operation, as well as data security.