Keeping up with the latest technologies can be rather pricey nowadays, and probably you are one of those companies that keeps old servers over five or even six years trying to cut some expenses. No one even remembers those times when the existing servers were to be replaced after three years of running. No matter if you are going to maintain your day-to-day operations for a bit of time or give a new life to servers hardware, it’s time to think about the upgrading. So, what are the advantages and disadvantages of buying new hardware and modernizing the old one?
In most cases, RAM upgrading is an easy process that does not require much investment. But there are always downsides and you need to remember that when choosing your option. Let’s say you have a number of servers to be upgraded and the price for it is astronomical. The older processor version you have, the higher is the RAM upgrade cost. You cannot replace only some of the memory plates, you have to replace them all. Sometimes upgrading processor prior to the memory is more reasonable, in such a way, you’ll be able to save some money. The older the hardware, the more complicated is the maintenance due to the fact that spare parts can be discontinued by the manufacturer or you can find only used or refurbished ones that may imply certain risks. Older servers using more electricity while providing lower efficiency. So, coming up to the question, can processors be upgraded? Definitely yes but it may be a pricey option.
Another typical upgrade case is installing extra drives or replacing the current ones by larger volume or solid-state drives. It depends on the server version if it is rather old, the SAS speed may be unacceptable. Typically, upgrading processors is an expensive decision, and if you are not planning the RAM upgrade beforehand, you will not feel all the benefits of the new hardware. Either way, you should first price out both ways: upgrading or buying servers.
Taking into account the downtime during the servers upgrade, the whole process can cost you a lot. Prolonging the older servers’ maintenance can be the point when you firmly decide to buy new servers instead of upgrading the old ones.
As we have already mentioned, figuring out how much money you will spend on both upgrading or buying new servers will significantly ease the process of making the right decisions. At HostZealot, we strive to support our customers and therefore are always ready to estimate your current capacity and offer the best solution for your particular case. We always ensure you get the full-service package at the best price and with the appropriate care.