If you aren’t tech savvy, recognising when to replace your server is hard! Here’s some tips to help you identify when it’s time:
You’ve probably heard your IT Provider advise you that your server should be replaced every 3-5 years, which seems pretty frequent, right? But trust us, there’s a method to this madness. Did you know that the cost of server support increases on an average of 200% when it’s more than 5 years old? This is simply because when a server’s old, it’s slow, and no matter how good your IT Provider is, your server is more inclined to fail – leading to complications like downtime, network outages and connectivity issues – all costing you in support.
It’s important that you’re able to recognise signs that your server needs replacing, as well as things you should consider before doing so. Being more knowledgeable will assist in making informed decisions, helping your business alleviate user-frustration, underperforming technology, and money wasted on support costs.
Now that you know when you should replace your server, here’s a couple of things to consider before you do:
Budget is a major consideration when purchasing a new server. Unfortunately, servers are not cheap, in fact, they can cost tens of thousands of dollars depending on the specs and model your business requires. Ensure you’ve prepared yourself for the potential costs involved and have an idea about the amount your business can afford, before you start looking.
Becoming more and more popular in business IT, is leasing. Leasing removes the burden of a huge up front cost, which will make it more financially viable to obtain hardware with additional data capacity and power – ensuring your business is ready for growth. Another advantage of leasing is that when your monthly repayments come to an end, you can decide whether you’d like to keep the server or upgrade to a new one.
Explore moving to the Cloud.
Before purchasing a new server, consider moving your network environment to the cloud. Instead of physically storing your data and applications on a server in your office, you can store these assets in the cloud. This has the advantage of avoiding having to update your server every 3-5 years, perform required hardware maintenance, and the added peace-of-mind of no physical asset that could be destroyed in a disaster.
Look into possible tax deductions.
Sometimes, governments run incentives that allow things like servers (even those worth tens of thousands of dollars), to be an instant tax deduction. Speak with your accountant to see what current legislation is in place.
Plan for a disaster.
Having a disaster recovery plan is imperative. When you’re getting a new server, you should plan for worst case scenarios such as fire, flood, theft or total loss of power – can your employees continue to work in these cases? It’s important to consider the backup systems you’ll have supporting your server in the event of a disaster – will your current backup solution be supported and / or sufficiently suited to your new server?