What to Know About Server Replacement

IT Server Replacement

If you start to question things about your operating system, there’s a good chance that your computer or your server needs some serious attention that may be more than a simple fix by the local computer guy you usually call in. You need to call Catalyst Computers asap for a server replacement plan if you experience the following:

The most obvious is if you notice your computer/server has slowed down or freezes, or if it actually crashes.

  1. If you suddenly can’t do something you could do before.
  2. If you notice an increase in pop-up windows.
  3. If you have created work-arounds for things that are not functioning properly.
  4. If you don’t know the status of your backup system.
  5. If you don’t have up-to-date Microsoft security updates.
  6. If you don’t have updated virus definitions.
  7. If you don’t know, or if you’re not sure you have a firewall.
  8. If your printer works inconsistently.
  9. If your email sending or receiving is inconsistent.

Server and Data Centre Equipment Replacement Cycles – Important Things You Should Know

Being informed about when to replace your servers and data centre equipment is crucial, which is why at Catalyst Computers we take the time to educate you and make sure you’re making the best choices for your business. Here are a few key things you should know about server and data centre equipment replacement cycles:

Don’t Prolong Replacing Your Servers & Data Centre Equipment

Companies are now waiting for longer periods before upgrading or replacing servers and data centre equipment because of tighter IT budgets, more conscious spending, and/or more reliable hardware. In the past, the server replacement cycle was every two to three years, but now companies are often waiting up to six years before needing replacements or upgrades.

There are Various Reasons to Upgrade Servers

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to replacing servers. These decisions are usually made with regard to the performance of a server and not usually on depreciation or when the support and warranty periods on the hardware are finished. This is why it’s important to always monitor and make precise reports of critical server metrics like bandwidth consumption, CPU utilisation, reliability, and up-time.

Think Ahead When Building a Data Centre

It’s important that as well as your present server performance, it is important when building a data centre to calculate the future needs of the operation. You need to do this to make more astute short-term upgrades and helps to anticipate a long-haul server replacement plan.

Also important is considering all facets of the IT infrastructure because all the components depend highly on each other. Elements include databases, storage requirements, projected processing, application deployments, and operating systems of the future. By doing this, you can reduce the risks of running old software on over-powered hardware and new software on hardware that is underpowered.

‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’

With the continuing enthusiasm around efficiency and green IT, it’s not unusual for companies to reuse older servers for less demanding processes when they replace them for the more demanding uses. For example, old servers can be used as backups because the lower performance might be okay for use now and then. Although this can be a cost-cutting exercise, you’d still be advised to figure out whether it’s more practical to repurpose or replace your server. Whichever one you choose, the needs of the business should be your priority when making a decision.

Talk to Our Server Replacement Experts at Catalyst Computers Today

In an age where more people are connected online, having properly maintained business servers are vital to keeping on top of your competition. It’s critical that you stay on top of regularly monitoring, repairing, and upgrading your servers when necessary, since one unexpected issue can cause lots of unnecessary downtime.

Catalyst Computers tailor your server setups and services according to your needs, so you can reduce costs where necessary and get the most out of your business!

Call for a free on-site assessment and obligation-free quote today!

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