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September 2011

Building the business case for a server refresh

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of four articles on server hardware equipment refreshes. Part one detailed strategies for getting the timing right; part two shows you how to garner support for the project. Server refresh strategies can be difficult to justify to business stakeholders. And when your existing servers were approved only three or four years ago, building a solid business case for new purchases gets even more difficult. Another challenge is gaining trust among stakeholders, especially when the perception is that a server refresh strategy has been proposed purely for technology’s sake and not to benefit the business. When building a business case, consider the following factors. Operational cost reductions Vendor-touted power and space efficiencies from investing in newer-generation servers become key points to focus on within a business case proposal, especially in today’s world of ever increasing power costs and real estate margins. Justify those points using the following examples: Data centre and ...

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Features in this issue

  • Assessing your server refresh options

    by  Daniel Eason, Contributor

    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.

  • Building the business case for a server refresh

    by  Daniel Eason, Contributor

    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.

  • Getting the right hardware for your server refresh

    by  Daniel Eason, Contributor

    Server consolidation, virtualisation and other trends complicate the server refresh process. An expert provides some advice on making the right hardware platform choices.

  • Can’t afford a server refresh?

    by  Daniel Eason, Contributor

    If you can’t afford a server hardware refresh, consider these lower-cost alternatives to boost hardware performance.