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The Cost of Retaining Aging IT Infrastructure

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Executive Summary

This paper demonstrates that a buy-and-hold strategy can actually add costs to the data centre, for a number of reasons, as systems age in place:

- Hardware maintenance costs rise over time, and performance lags behind more current server offerings.
- Energy efficiency is not as advanced in older server models, leading to rising power/cooling costs
- Applications software and systems software fall behind the current versions available in the marketplace, and security may require frequent updates.

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