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The 6 Myths About Servers That Almost Everyone Believes

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The 6 Myths About Servers That Almost Everyone Believes
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“How long do we use our servers?”, “Until they die.”

That was a real conversation I had with another system admin during my first week at a new job in 1998. Google “how long should you go before refreshing servers” and you will find that the topic is still debated. But, why?

When you buy something that isn’t disposable, you own it for its useful life. Your goal is to get the most out of it before you have to replace it. A car is a great example. You buy it and plan to drive it for as long as possible. It costs a lot upfront and you need to recoup that cost, right? But, how long before an old car becomes too expensive to maintain compared to buying a new one? Repair cost is the key variable for most people to consider. But, if you commute an hour each way to work, you might factor in the increased fuel efficiency of a new car. But if you don’t drive much, a couple of extra miles per gallon is pretty meaningless. On the other hand, to the owner of a taxi company in New York City, a few extra miles per gallon could save millions.

Twenty years ago, most companies thought about technology as a cost to minimize and tried to squeeze every last ounce out of it. Today, organizations of all shapes, sizes, and organizational structures are transforming and rely heavily on technology. For a business to transform, they must embrace doing things differently. An easy place to start is by evaluating your company’s server refresh guidelines. Some companies have learned to maximize their server investment and opt for faster refreshes. But, as the IDC report Accelerate Business Agility with Faster Server Refresh Cycles shows, for many companies, old habits are hard to break. Let’s take a look at the myths leading to an average server refresh cycle of 5.8 years when it’s clearly beneficial to refresh more often.

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