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September 2011

Getting the right hardware for your server refresh

Editor’s note: This is the third 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 coaches you about hardware selection in a rapidly changing technology environment. In today’s economic climate, business stakeholders expect that proposed IT infrastructure and services will be cost effective and economical—and reduce future operational costs. Unfortunately, critical factors during a server refresh can waste money, hamper ROI and increase TCO. Three or four years ago, data centre managers had fewer server platform choices, and, thus, the server landscape was less confusing and prone to waste. Fast-forward to today, with myriad server hardware platforms and form factors. Emerging technologies have produced an immense array of models, all of which are designed for certain workloads and requirements that can make the selection process daunting. In addition, the vast array of available...

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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.