If you are unsure whether your server needs replacing this will help you understand some of the key signs to look out for.
A server is a fundamental component in a business’s operations and therefore it is important to know when to replace one before it is too late.
Turned on continuously, servers eventually wear out. Server failure can result in significant loss and cause unnecessary and costly business downtime. You can help mitigate these risks by replacing your server consistently and on time.
But making the decision can be tricky.
Replacing it too soon could mean throwing out a perfectly good and expensive piece of hardware. On the other hand, leaving it too late could result in costs that far exceed buying a new one in the first place…as well as buying the new server
Here are some of the key signs you should look out for:
Age and warranty
As a server ages and reaches the end of its lifecycle you can expect diminished performance, increased operational and maintenance costs, and a higher failure rate. Generally, a server should be replaced after five years.
Also consider the warranty. Usually, all manufacturer warranties expire meaning they are no longer responsible for providing support or parts. You’ll no longer receive important updates, which increases security risks, and there may be compatibility issues that arise too.
Old operating systems
If your server is running on an out-of-date operating system, it’s time to replace it. Out-of-date, otherwise known as “end-of-life”, software carries security and compatibility risks. However, when you upgrade, often the new operating system requires a better specification server.
Changing server roles
When you first purchased the server, you will have chosen one that suited your current business needs. As the business grows, and requirements change, you will likely find you are asking the server to perform additional functions. This increased workload puts pressure on the server and can cause it to slow down. Slow server performance can lead to decreased productivity and frustrated users.
You may have moved offices and / or the number of staff may have increased, meaning there is physically no room to accommodate the server on site.
This is where virtual servers (the process of restructuring a single server into multiple small, isolated virtual servers on one device) or hosted servers in the cloud, for example Microsoft Azure, come into play.
The good news is that there are benefits of moving onto either solution including: reduced capital and operating costs; minimised downtime; increased productivity, efficiency, agility and responsiveness; and faster speeds.
Technology is constantly evolving and improving. New models have more powerful processors.
They can host more virtual machines and have greater memory capacity. Some newer servers have far more advanced power conservation features, which enable lower operating costs.
In software terms, programmes also update themselves and require more resource. Sometimes replacing the server can be more cost effective than simply upgrading it.
Does my business really need a new server?
If your business does not currently own a server and you are asking the question ‘does my business really need one?’, the answer is you do. Among other things, a server is an invaluable component to manage your IT security and control which users have access to which files.
For more advice on servers and/or to discuss how Quintech can assist your business with IT support, please get in touch on email@example.com or call 01684 882700.