How to avoid new tech teething problems
New server technology should bring a raft of benefits to your business. More, faster processing capabilities should be at the top of the list of expected outcomes. And when a server upgrade is completed as part of a planned refresh program, those outcomes are more than welcome.
But every new upgrade is preceded by a series of headaches. Moving data between disks, checking application compatibility, tweaking settings for maximum performance etc.
The problems don’t stop once migration has completed either. Systems need to bed in, early hardware failures need to be addressed, processing loads need to be balanced. Optimising and stabilising machines after the move can often take as long as the rest of the project put together.
Perhaps most worrying is the effect on productivity. It is almost impossible to achieve maximum output until servers have reached a suitable level of reliability.
Eventually your existing servers properly bed in, reaching a level of stability and reliability that properly facilitates productivity. But eventually you will need to extend capacity. So, do you upgrade to the latest technology and go through the associated hassle of new installing equipment, or is there another option?
What if we can’t afford the instability?
Rather than taking a leap into the unknown, ideally you would choose server hardware that you are already familiar with. Dropping identical servers into your infrastructure will be far quicker, and less disruptive because you already know how to optimise them.
Given hardware development cycles however, there’s a very real chance that your preferred server model is no longer available. At least not direct from your OEM.
That doesn’t mean you should give in to your account manager’s demands to upgrade your servers however. Instead you should seriously consider second user vendors like ETB. We specialise in sourcing servers that are no longer available from the vendor.
Second-user hardware from ETB has been factory tested to confirm full working order and is protected by a comprehensive 12-month warranty as a minimum, and 3 years on many products. Which means that you can rely on these “new” servers to perform as well as your existing systems.
Importantly, deploying familiar servers into your environment will dramatically reduce the negative impact on performance. Which means that the overall cost of your project declines because productivity is left relatively un-impacted. Your business saves money twice – first on the reduced purchase price of the second-hand hardware, and again through improved productivity during and after deployment.
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