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Assessing your server refresh options
This article is part of the IT in Europe issue of September 2011
Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of four articles on server hardware equipment refreshes. In part one, you’ll find strategies for getting the timing right for trading in old hardware for new -- and when to extend a server’s life instead. As servers age, IT shops face inevitable questions about when to upgrade their hardware. Organisations wrestle with a number of issues on their way to making a decision, such as expired warranties, the inability of aging hardware to support growth, unsupported components and firmware, and a lack of support for the latest OSes. Managing legacy hardware that is out of step with new software can easily become an albatross around an IT manager’s neck. Hardware compatibility lists ArchLinux: Lightweight, flexible for the Linux community. Cisco Systems: Hardware/software interoperability matrix for Cisco Unified System components. Microsoft 7 compatibility center OpenSUSE HCL: Used by the openSUSE community to record the compatibility of various hardware and full systems with SUSE Linux. ...
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Hardware updates are unavoidable, but you have to know when a server refresh will make the most sense. Here are factors that signal it’s time for an upgrade.
As IT managers consider a server refresh, they need to create a solid business case for replacing hardware. Here’s how to garner support for the project.
Server consolidation, virtualisation and other trends complicate the server refresh process. An expert provides some advice on making the right hardware platform choices.
If you can’t afford a server hardware refresh, consider these lower-cost alternatives to boost hardware performance.