What types of servers does your company rely on? Traditional hardware servers? Or virtual servers? The virtual server, which relies on software instead of hardware, has become an increasingly preferable type of server for managing corporate infrastructures in the last decade, and has significantly detracted from the relevance and prevalence of traditional hardware servers.
A Quick Look at the Advantages of Virtual Servers:
- Run multiple program iterations on a single system
- Easily deploy programs throughout an entire IT infrastructure
- Rely on fewer servers
- Save time
- Reduce expense
- Benefit from longer lifecycles
- Make disaster recovery more efficient
If your company still uses traditional servers, there are many reasons to consider not just upgrading your servers, but upgrading them to virtual servers. One of the most important points to remember about conducting server upgrades, whether from traditional to virtual servers, or from virtual servers to a newer generation of virtual servers: when it’s time for an upgrade, know that your used servers could have value as used IT assets on the resale market. Retired servers frequently yield companies significant earnings when remarketed to buyers in this market.
A virtual server offers many advantages over traditional hardware servers. Today’s dynamic workflow requires companies to run multiple program iterations on a single system, and it’s the new virtual server environment that makes this possible. Many companies are turning to virtual server providers like VMware, a $6 billion dollar software company, to migrate something like a Windows hardware server to a new virtual server for seamless deployment of programs throughout a system.
As mentioned, virtual servers are becoming the server standard, while traditional hardware servers are on their way to becoming obsolete. The longer your company delays an upgrade, the more vulnerable your server becomes to viruses, hacking threats, and overall poor performance, all of which cause unnecessary headache and hassle. Conversely, virtual servers save companies time, money, streamline management, and make potential disaster recovery far more successful. What’s more, virtual servers also typically maintain longer lifecycles than traditional hardware servers. Additionally, companies can reduce the number of servers they rely on by upgrading to VMware virtualized servers, and for your company’s IT department, these servers in turn become much easier to provision.
For those that already rely on virtual servers, there’s reason for frequently upgrading these servers as well. In addition to the operational advantages of relying on the latest versions of virtual software for optimal performance, speed, and security, because virtualized servers run multiple program iterations, they require large amounts of memory as infrastructures expand, which is often reason for an upgrade. Interestingly though, it can also be the case that while a memory upgrade is warranted, it still leaves companies with excess memory when servers have surpassed their lifecycles. For example, switching to a virtual server may require an upgrade to 16GB of memory, but it could be that your company only ends up using 8GB of memory when the server reaches the end of its lifecycle. Yet this extra memory retains significant value.
Contact Ex-It Technologies today for an asset valuation of your used servers, and we’ll let you know if you could receive a substantial return on investment just for conducting a needed server upgrade!