The life of servers today is a great deal longer than compared with those on the market only some 10 to 15 years ago. But even so, just like the rest of us, they do eventually show their age. At some point, you're going to have to abandon these faithful old friends and upgrade to sexy new hardware.
Servers, indeed, any hardware that is slowing down or simply can't cope with the faster and more complex software out there has to be upgraded. It's an expensive process and one that can hit budgets hard, but at the end of the day, it's something that has to be done if you want your business to go forward.
When is the right time to upgrade?
So you’ve decided that sooner or later, you will have to upgrade. So when is the right time to do so? When the hardware is broken? When it's over a decade old, or even when it starts looking a bit tired and outdated next to younger, sleeker models?
Budget concerns stop most companies and their IT departments from upgrading very often, but these same financial restraints mean that any upgrades are thought about long and hard. And the final decision rarely comes down merely to price. We've all got experience of cheaper products breaking down or not working efficiently. Cheap hardware can often cost a great deal more in the long run, than more expensive machines.
So if it's not really about price, when is the right time to upgrade. Well it comes down to several factors: when the new options have improved performance possibilities that will really help your business, the reduced chance of hardware malfunction, and even energy-efficiency/saving requirements will justify an upgrade, or even new purchase.
Signs when you really need an upgrade
However, for practical reasons, there are things an IT professional might consider if he’s on the verge of either upgrading his hardware or replacing it completely. And these are:
- When the hardware gets slower and slower every day,
- When it starts eating up immense amount of your time when fixing it,
- When it becomes noisy. Those annoying grating sounds tell you a lot about a hardware’s mileage,
- When it’s warranty has expired,
- When hardware specs do not match vendor specs, and
- When it fails to deliver its supposed performance.
Experts always remind enterprise owners to never settle for less than the best they can afford. After all, for most companies these days, the IT department serves as the backbone of their business, and as such, without it, the enterprise won’t be able to stand as a business, or certainly won’t manage to perform the basics of their responsibilities—from emailing clients to running their website, to marketing their campaigns, to making real-time and “on time” deals.
It really isn't worth settling for cheap brands, hiring amateur IT professionals, or taking on an ineffective IT consultant. Because, in the long run, it is the entire business that suffers. And it's is entirely the same with your hardware. A little more cash flashed today will save and earn more for tomorrow.
Be in-the-know, always
It’s essential to know what’s happening in the technology world. Staying abreast of the latest developments (be they good, bad or a an overnight trend) and of the various virtualization server systems on the market may also help your determine if your hardware is still capable of meeting the growing demands of the outside world.
Remember, arming yourself with knowledge is the key to being competitive and to being being successful. Contact us today to learn how a solution from Mirus can help give your business the competitive edge you need.