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The Cost of Delayed Server Refresh

Posted by Jared Quan on Jun 15, 2015 8:00:00 AM

I don’t think people realize how similar the IT and movie industries are. Though 3D movies have been around in some form since 1915, 2003 marked the year of kicking 3D effects into blockbuster action. Despite low movie-goer excitement for 3D movies in the beginning years, studios joining the game in 2007 were able to hit the 3D sweet-spot where technological advancements and public thrill started to peak. For the studios that waited until 2010 to pick up the technology - where cost dropped from demand - late-joining studios suffered under those more experienced who were already evaluating a new set of technologies to get ahead in the game. 

IT Directors are faced with the same challenges when it comes down to their environments. Although new technology is attractive, it isn't always tangible when considering the end-users' abilities, or the company's financial goals. While delaying IT services to wait for the industry to work out technological glitches is often favorable, waiting too long can cripple your organization's IT and future budget. Directors often find themselves in a position where they start to struggle meeting the needs of their users, and adopting the delayed technology will only meet the company's needs for a short amount of time. 

 

Here are a few things to consider when evaluating for a server refresh:

Performance

Depending on how old you server is or what it is being tasked to do, the newest generation of processors and RAM really can improve the performance of your environment. Current processors and RAM deliver up to three times greater performance over previous generations, and up to eight times greater than comparable four years ago.

Protection

With clever hackers in the world and infamous devices like malware, your current system may not have the power or flexibility to keep its defenses up. Current generation severs have better built-in protections and help security programs perform at their peak ability.

Virtualization

The concept behind virtualization has always been well received; however by deploying a new server you are able to address the needs that virtualized environments tend to struggle with: performance, reliability, and flexibility.

ROI

A new server update not only will increase end-user efficiency, but it offers footprint reduction and greater resources aimed to save your company money.

In conclusion, it is nice to hold onto more of your budget this year. However given the benefits a new server can provide, especially if you are working with ones four years old or older, it might be time to evaluate a sever refresh for your environment.  

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