We get it. Your server has been around for quite a while, and for the most part, it has provided you with what you need to run your business. As this critical equipment ages, there are a few things you should consider now about upgrading your server technology, so that it isn’t more costly in the future.
For many companies, purchasing a new server or moving your infrastructure to the cloud can be a huge investment.
Improved Performance. New technology brings functionality and strength to new levels. RAM speeds, larger storage space and faster processors result in stronger performance in tasks compared to previous generation hardware.
Expanded Capabilities. Today’s server hardware has access to the most up to date firmware, drivers, and updates.
Security. As servers age, they become more vulnerable to security threats. Newer technology has built-in security functionality designed for Advanced Threat Detection and patching/updates through extended support end dates.
Virtualization. There are many benefits to moving your server to a virtual environment, however the one we feel is the most advantageous is flexibility. A virtual server can expand and contract with your business and can quickly adjust to your changing needs. It can also make it easier to implement new technology/applications, recover data, and distribute workloads. Backups and recovery in the virtual environment are much more streamlined to perform. Several options are available for virtualization on premises, hybrid or in the cloud depending on your internet connectivity.
Warranty Expirations. As warranties expire, this increases chances of longer downtimes in catastrophic events. Older equipment has higher chance of failure and a higher dependency on purchasing third-party hardware to fix issues as vendors likely stop carrying components. Do you know how long your server has been out of warranty?
Cost of Operation and Repair. Any time a server goes down, your company can experience a business disruption. Older hardware that is no longer warranty-capable has potential for longer downtimes and loss of business. Also, you run the risk of more frequent downtime.
Modernization. New servers have modernized, new hardware under warranty that makes up for costly repairs and 24/7 support contracts, ultimately improving uptime.
Reliability. New equipment is less likely to fail leading to downtime, so that patching and updates can be planned for properly and your line-of-business applications continue to run at expected quality.
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For those of you ready to have a conversation, give us a shout. We’re happy to host a discussion with you on how modern server technology is good for your business.In conclusion, new equipment is less likely to suffer from decreased performance or additional downtime, and costs less to maintain.