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4 Top Reasons to Upgrade Your Server Hardware

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Most businesses and organizations try their best to retain their servers for a very long period (until they are completely useless or, even worse, dead) as they want to maximize their expenses on the initial purchase. However, the truth is that upgrading the servers at regular intervals can be more affordable than depending on a lagging, unreliable server – especially when you factor in staff time, costs for old hardware replacement parts, and such.

Here are the top 4 reasons to upgrade your server hardware.

To be compatible with mobile devices

As you may know, mobile devices are present more than ever. If the servers you use are too old, they may not be compatible with modern mobile devices, ranging from iOS devices to Androids and others. This is because the latest server operating systems are designed to work with mobile devices. By upgrading into the latest server, you will be able to experience better synchronization and faster speed.

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To facilitate remote access feature

Modern versions of servers and their operating systems support remote access functionality. With the assistance of faster remote access, you can access files stored on the server without compromising the speed, even if you are away from the office. As a result of faster remote access, you can even run the programs installed on other computers or servers and expect smooth performance.

Improved uptime

One of the common characteristics associated with old servers is reduced uptime. Computer components have a life span, and over time they can malfunction and fail. The recovery process can take longer when you are dealing with older backup technology. Unfortunately, many of the organizations realize the weight of such circumstances only when it is too late. On the other hand, if you have a newer server with more reliable hardware, the uptime will be significantly improved. Moreover, even the recovery process may take less time because of the hardware speed and efficient software.

Improved email and data storage

Modern-day servers are compatible with latest email technologies. Newer servers come with larger storage capacities, so more emails and shared network folders (and files) can be stored. You can even work with your email archives and network shares faster, even outside the office.

Bonus note: Clean up

Before installing a new server system, you should consider going through the IT infrastructure of the company. Depending on your company policy and the age of the server, you will likely find old user information and files that are no longer useful; we recommend cleaning them before migrating to a new server. Also, review the security settings of the server and recreate the restrictions to protect sensitive data.

Once the new servers are in place, your computers and network will start to perform more efficiently. It is true that the installation of new servers can cost you a substantial amount of money. But, what you spend on a new server is an investment that can deliver you considerable amount of benefits in the long run.

Sometimes even a simple technological change can cause the need to change your server hardware. There can be various reasons, for example, change in the database or file storage types. Your needs change and grow also with the growth of your nonprofit, which will cause new technological challenges you will need better equipment for. It is better sometimes to update your existing server hardware. Otherwise, you will need to sell/give away the old server and buy a new one.

If you are not prepared to spend money upfront, you can approach a financing company. In addition to that, you can consider investing in a cloud server system, which is relatively affordable. It is best to talk to a server specialist before you do any upgrade; they will help you make the best decision for your business based on the money you are willing to spend.

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