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Your server is a diamond in the rough of the technology that runs your business. It supports all your hard work; projects, processes, and important organizational documents. Taking good care of your server will keep it running at its highest efficiency level, keeping the production of your business focused and continuous.
To accomplish this, it’s important to keep a close eye on the status of your server or servers. You may find yourself asking, "How will I know when it's time to replace my server?"
It's important to look at how long you have had a server. On average, physical servers typically last 3 years without hardware issues such as overheating, or failing parts. Once the 4-6-year mark hits, your server may begin to slow down, or continue to overheat. Once you start seeing a decrease in the performance of your server that is older than 3 years, it may be time to consider a replacement. Replacing the server parts or installing upgrades aren’t as effective as they used to be.
When your server is down, your productivity has the potential to be at a standstill. When employees can’t work, this can cause angst and frustration for everyone and brings business to an unpleasant stop. Losing time and money is never a favorable scenario, so it's paramount you pay attention to how long your server is down, and how often downtime occurs. If your server is older, or has developed issues that cannot be resolved, it may be time to invest in a new one. This could save you money on downtime in the future.
How reliable is your server proving to be? Is your information secure? Are you able to access and share files at the click of a button? Pay attention to the overall performance of your server: speed, storage, accessibility. If you find a flaw in any of these details, you may need to get a second opinion on the reliability of your server.
Pay attention to how problems are detected within your server. If your server does not detect problems at all, you may want to consider building a fail-safe into it. Fail-safes help detect issues with files before they arise, so you can prevent technical problems before they happen. This could help save and lengthen the life of your server.
If a server is decreasing in consistency, and increasing in downtime, it is time to reconsider purchasing a new one. The productivity of your business depends on the efficiency of your server or servers. Be sure to prioritize the upkeep of this key technical component, as it will keep your business technology running smoothly.