The seasons are changing and the temperatures are dropping. That means it’s time to start taking a good look at your current servers and making adjustments to your budget to ensure that you are ready for the end of the year. Is it time to replace your server?

By clarifying when to add that change to your budget, you can ensure that you aren’t wasting time when planning for the upcoming year.

Most servers have a typical lifespan of 5 to 6 years. There are four main reasons for changing your server when an operating system is no longer supported. When you update your server to the most recent systems, you get better support for the operating system, access to up-to-date software that will help with your cybersecurity, and a faster server.

Your Applications/OS Are Not Supported

As a general rule, you want to replace your server when it no longer supports the applications that keep your business running. There may be compatibility issues between the server’s old operating system (OS) and any new release; and your applications have to support both.

If you server after an OS change, you risk added costs. The cost of a server that is not running efficiently adds up over time, and the more time that passes, the higher you can expect your costs to rise.

While it is possible for your server to continue working, you will see an increase in your upkeep expenses as well as risk assessments. The costs associated with your server crashing are also a key reason to avoid waiting to replace a server.

Your Security Is at Risk

When the operating system is no longer supported, it also increases the risk of a security breach because you are no longer able to update your software.

Windows 7 operating system support is ending, and that means business owners will want to upgrade to a new operating system. The enhanced focus on proper support and updates to operating system software will reduce the risk of a security breach. It also ensures that applications and other software programs will remain compatible with the operating system used by a business.

It’s Slowing Down

A slow server is not always easy to identify or recognize. You may overlook the initial inefficiencies with your server due to the gradual change over time.

If you notice that it is no longer working efficiently and you are wasting time waiting, then it may be time to change your server. The hardware may not be able to keep up with the demands of your business and it prevents your employees from keeping up with their work. Changing out a slow server will improve productivity and efficiency in your office.

Slowing in your server may also relate to a security breach. If you notice that your server is slowing down significantly, then you may want to consider a cybersecurity audit to evaluate the underlying cause of the slow system. A virus or related risk factors may also contribute to the concern, especially if the OS hasn’t changed in the meantime.

When you are considering an update to your server, it is also time to evaluate your budget and prepare for the expenses that may arise for your IT department.

If you are uncertain about budgeting for the costs of maintaining your server or you are looking for managed services to help keep your data safe, contact our experts today for a free consultation.