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September 2011

Can’t afford a server refresh?

Editor’s note: This is the last in a series of four articles on server hardware equipment refreshes. Part one detailed strategies for getting the timing right; part two showed you how to garner support for the project; and part three coached you about hardware selection. In part four, Daniel Eason explains some tactics to use that will lay the groundwork for a refresh proposal down the road. In most circumstances, a server refresh proposal is solid enough to get approval. But what if a data centre manager doesn’t get budget signoff for a hardware refresh? Some viable lower-cost alternatives can suffice and involve a lower expenditure, but these options do not eliminate the risk of performance problems. Include this caveat in any alternative, lower-cost proposals to avoid stakeholders assuming that your new revised proposal eradicates risk. Server component upgrades. A first option is a server component upgrade. Upgrade activity involves buying RAM and/or CPU at a lower price point than is available with a completely new server. ...

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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.