IT modernization is a broad category that encompasses solutions ranging from hybrid cloud and multicloud environments to containerization, hyperconvergence and flash storage. With so many organizations in need of an infrastructure refresh, it’s understandable that high-level conversations about enterprise IT often start with the need to modernize technology environments.

But really, this approach is backward. Instead, business and IT leaders should begin with the problems they’re experiencing, and then look to see how modernized IT solutions can address them. Here are five common business issues associated with aging data centers, along with modern IT solutions that can address them. If your organization is dealing with any of these, it may be time to consider how to go about modernizing your IT infrastructure.