If you're running an old HP Server and you haven't patched the firmware in a while, you might want to do so before 19 February. After that date, HP will block general access to ProLiant updates, making them only available to paying support customers.
The shift in policy was announced in a blog post late last week. "This decision reinforces our goal to provide access to the latest HP firmware, which is valuable intellectual property, for our customers who have chosen to maximize and protect their IT investments," HP vice president for servers and support Mary McCoy wrote. "We know this is a change from how we’ve done business in the past; however, this aligns with industry best practices and is the right decision for our customers and partners."
The cynical interpretation would be that HP wants to force more customers to sign up for extended service. That said, if that old server is running OK, you might be happy to avoid firmware updates anyway. The challenge will come if a major update is required for security purposes.