Investing in a server is a big step for any business. However, like all electronic components, there exists a specific life-expectancy for servers. But how do you know when it’s time to replace it? How can you make it last?
The general lifespan of the average server is about 3-5 years, depending on the usage. This may seem short, but periodic upgrades and part replacements can extend this range to 10+ years. So, the real question to ponder is: “when is my server unsupportable?” This limit is reached when replacement parts are no-longer readily available, or when the costs/risks associated with maintaining your server exceed the cost of replacing it. Keep in mind that any downtime from a faulty server can greatly inhibit daily business functions- so these costs can add up quickly. For these reasons, it is ideal to monitor your server’s performance and replace it before it completely breaks down.
When it does come time for a new server, be sure to recycle it properly. Many hazardous materials and heavy metals exist inside of server electrical components. Due to these dangerous materials, you should contact your local IT supply recycling business in your area. These companies dispose of hazardous materials properly, recycle reusable components, and (most importantly) destroy all of your personal and private information stored in the memory.
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