Why updating your server could fix a lot of problems

You’ve probably heard your IT Provider advise you that your server should be replaced every 3-5 years, which seems pretty frequent, right? But trust us, there’s a method to this madness. Did you know that the cost of server support increases on an average of 200% when it’s more than 5 years old? This is simply because when a server’s old, it’s slow, and no matter how good your IT Provider is, your server is more inclined to fail – leading to complications like downtime, network outages and connectivity issues – all costing you in support and productivity.

It’s important that you’re able to recognise signs that your server needs replacing, as well as things you should consider before doing so. Being more knowledgeable will assist in making informed decisions, helping your business alleviate user-frustration, under-performing technology, and money wasted on support costs.

1. Does your business experience a lot of downtime?

When down time occurs it’s frustrating to all involved. It hinders staff productivity and places stress on the bottom line as you’re stuck paying staff while they are not working. Plus you cannot generate normal profits as you are unable to serve clients effectively. Other stresses occur like time lost time trouble shooting, connectivity issues etc.

2. Are your energy and support bills sky high?

In some cases the savings in support and energy bills from having up to date hardware and software can sometimes more than cover the cost of new servers.

3. Does your hardware allow for new software?

We’ve said it before and will say it a gain (again and again and again because it’s so important). Cybersecurity should be on top of your list of IT concerns. To be blunt when it comes to running old systems with old software you are far more vulnerable to cyber-attack. Simple straight forward fact.

4. Are vendors no longer willing to offer you support because you have an outdated operating system?

This point speaks volumes to common sense

5. Will your hardware sufficiently support your business progression?

Planning to expand staff, add new products, introduce new programs, old hardware and software may hold you back.

The good news is that these points are all things that can be avoided by investing in a new server. Although it may seem a big expense the savings you’ll make through improved productivity more than makes this up.

For more information or advise on your IT systems please contact us.