It happens to IT manager at one time or another – the time when it comes to upgrade your servers. Some recognize the sign and start putting a plan of action together as quickly as possible. Others recognize the signs and put off the inevitable until the last minute. And others don’t recognize the signs, and unfortunately have to work extra hard to upgrade their servers before it’s too late.
But you no longer have to worry. Below are some of the more popular warning signs that help you discover when it’s time to upgrade your servers.
You know it’s time to upgrade your servers when…
…your warranty is about to expire.
Once your warranty expires, the manufacturer is no longer responsible for part replacement should something breakdown. The manufacturer may no longer have spare parts, and even if they do, they will come at a premium price. The cost of keeping an old server functioning may be astronomical compared to the cost of upgrading to a new one.
…you start running low on disk space.
Storing emails, databases, video, pictures, and more requires a large amount of disk space. When you are continuously searching for folders to recover disk space, you most likely will need to upgrade. Gigabytes of disk space are relatively inexpensive compared to the technician you are paying to be your “digital janitor”. You can add disk space to your existing server, but you are eventually going to run out of expansion options – that’s when you need to consider upgrading your server.
…exhaust available server resources by installing the latest and greatest applications.
When you install new applications that are critical for business success, it’s easy to overlook the implications it has on your server resources. Upgrading of the operating system and adding more memory are typical requirements, however, your old server will run slower since the new application is putting extra strain on its ageing hardware. Migrating to a new server equates to less downtime and also allows you to put together a testing plan to avoid surprises.
…your server keeps trashing the disk due to lack of memory (RAM).
When this happens, you lose the ability to retain application performance. Data is moved between the CPU and memory at warp-speed when compared to a disk. Unless you are lucky enough to have SSD disks, random disk access is 100,000 times slower than regular memory. Memory is inexpensive and having enough memory is the most optimal option when it comes for boosting performance.
…newer options exist that free up time spent on maintenance.
New or alternative solutions continue to pop up. The tricky part is know when to make the switch to a new option. While migrating to a new service may seem costly, over time it can very well be the less expensive option as opposed to sticking with your existing server. Setting time aside to evaluate new software, attend educational seminars, and listening to how your peers are handling their server issues will put you in a position to quickly evaluate when it’s time to make the switch.
No matter the warning signs, you shouldn’t ignore the fact that you might need to upgrade your server. The above signs will help you diagnose your issue so you will always know when it’s time to upgrade your server.
Does this sound familiar? What else triggers you to start upgrading servers? The comments are open.