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6 Signs It May Be Time to Upgrade Your Server

Signs It's Time to Upgrade Your Server

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As your business grows and time passes along, your server will undoubtably start to show signs of age. Just as humans sprout grey hairs and lose that spring in their step over the years, your server will eventually lose its vitality as well.

The difference is, a server loses its pep a lot quicker than most humans. As a general rule, your server has about three years of life in it before it may need an upgrade.

But it’s up to you to decide when the signs of an aging server are becoming detrimental to your business’s success, and it’s critical you do something about it before it’s too late.

Be on the lookout for these six signs it may be time to upgrade your server.

It’s getting really slow.

When your server starts crawling, it’s probably time for an upgrade. Usually, if your Disc and Central Processing Unit (CPU) usage is at 80% or above, then you need an upgrade. A slow server equals less productivity. How much can you afford to lose?

It’s making a lot of racket.

As a server gets on in age, one telltale sign it needs upgrading is how much noise it’s producing. We’ll steer clear of any human analogies on this one. Just know that your fan drives and hard drives will start making a lot of noise as they get older which could indicate the server is nearing failure.

It’s no longer supported.

The warranty on a server will likely expire once it hits three years or older, which means the manufacturer no longer supports the hardware and software. This means you’ll have little support if something goes wrong, and the cost of hardware or software repairs will have to come out of your pocket.

It’s not big enough.

When your software requirements exceed the server’s specifications, you’ll definitely want to consider upgrading sooner rather than later. The success of your business is largely dependent on planning for future needs. If your server can’t handle the load now, will it be able to handle an even bigger load as your business grows?

It’s seizing up often.

When your system starts freezing on a regular basis this is another sign your server is reaching its limits. You’ll want to upgrade to a server with more capacity to support your growing business.

It’s stealing your time.

Finally, if your spending an inordinate amount of time dealing with server issues rather than focusing on your business’s core services or products, it may be time to upgrade. How much time are you willing to devote to an aging server when you could be improving your offerings?

These are just a few signs that it may be time to upgrade your server, but it may not always be so obvious. You may not notice any warning signs before it’s too late.

Ultimately, it’s better to hire an IT professional that will continually monitor and maintain the health of your server and let you know when an upgrade is essential.

If you think it may be time to upgrade your server, contact AMRCON for a Free Network Audit. Our IT professionals can work with you to monitor and maintain your server and help determine whether or not you’re in need of a new system before old age gets the best of it.