Did you know that the average life cycle of a server is only 4-6 years? If your hardware is older, it could be a ticking time bomb.
When Cash is tight, many companies try to squeeze as much use out of their equipment as possible. But, taking the “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” approach is extremely risky and could end up costing you more in the long run.
The older your hardware, the more unreliable it becomes. Catastrophic events often occur without warning. Not to mention, IT equipment has a way of failing at the worst possible time. Imagine if your server crashed during month-end and you lost your financial data or as you were about to close a big deal. How much would that cost your business?
It’s also important to consider the cost associated with maintaining older hardware. Upgrades, time and money spent on repairs, lost productivity during downtime often cost as much – if not more – than a new server would.
You can minimize the cost and risk of having to replace several pieces of equipment at the same time by replacing your servers every 4 to 5 years or moving to the cloud.
6 Signs Your Server Is Getting Too Old
- It slows. Slow servers, mean less productivity from employees at work.
- It’s noisy. When fan drives and hard drives become louder as they age, it means they are working significantly harder to do what they once did with ease. Usually, this can be a very strong indicator that hardware failure is in the immediate future.
- It’s time consuming. You’re busy. If a lot of your time is spent dealing with server problems, you have less time to tackle your actual work load.
- It’s out of warranty. If your server is approximately three years or older, it is most likely out of warranty. This means the manufacturer has stopped supporting the hardware and software.
- There’s no more room. Over time, your server fills up from things like adding staff and upgrading software. Eventually, the software capacity exceeds the server limits resulting in what we call “server seizures” or “hiccups”.
- The bomb goes off. That moment when your server actually crashes and there is an immediate need to replace operating systems and applications. Often times, at this point in the server’s life, your warranty is up.