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Reasons to get rid of an old server

By asg58 ·
Hi,

I would like to know what are the factors that will impact server performance for servers that are more than 7 yrs old. I need to submit this in to my manager...tried looking around WWW but no luck since.

thanks.

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Expected failures and unmet future hardware requirements

by Cactus Pete In reply to Reasons to get rid of an ...

Hard drives and other moving parts are expected to fail at some time. 7 years is longer than most expected.

One can continually replace failed parts, but at some point, with respect to ROI, it makes sense to purchase a new machine.

New hardware is generally faster and more capable, and meets current software requirements. Without current software, you are also hobbled by unsupported versions that are prone to hacking and virus attacks.

There is much more to the argument, but that should get you started.

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MTBF

by JamesRL In reply to Expected failures and unm ...

If you look at Mean Time Between Failures numbers for the various parts, you may realize that a 7 years old server is an accident waiting to happen.

Now I've seen 12 year old PCs still functioning fine in an everyday work environment. But I'd say for planning purposes that should be the exception rather than the rule.

As the other poster mentioned, its difficult to get parts for something that old. You won't find a new HD for it. RAM and PSUs are difficult to source. If you chose to canabalize similar models, you can keep it running longer, but prudence suggests you plan on replacing anything that old before you lose everything.

BTW I wouldn't trust a 7 year old tape drive..

James

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