By PowerBuy // 8 January 2015 // Related Categories: Tips

It’s a good time to upgrade.

The start of a new year is generally a very busy time for server upgrades. This year is particularly busy with the imminent End of Support (EOS) of Windows Server 2003. But out of date servers are not the only reason why businesses are upgrading as many are under pressure to provide better tools to help staff better collaborate both in the office and on the road.

Reasons to upgrade.

The latest server technology offers you more robust security and availability options than ever before. This helps you protect your vital intellectual property and avoid redundancy-related concerns.

There are also a raft of new features such as the ability to use IPv6, modern virtualisation software with Hyper-V, comprehensive management with System Center 2012 R2 and more options to help make it easier to deploy and manage Microsoft’s new Windows Server operating system.

Cloud is a hot topic, but is not the entire answer.

The shift in the industry towards Cloud leads a lot of our customers to believe that there is no longer the need for an on-premise server. There will undoubtedly be a move to Cloud deployments for some workloads but regardless of all the talk emerging that Cloud will be the future of IT, the on-premise server still has a vital role to play in the development of IT infrastructures for business of all sizes. Three key reasons for this are performance, redundancy and reliability.

What to consider when upgrading.

A recent IDC white paper titled Business Risk: Effective Technology Protecting your Business, states that one of the major concerns of small-medium businesses is reliability. Reliability of in-house servers is a long-standing requirement but as more Cloud technology rolls out the reliability of a fast internet connection to the Cloud is also key.

For the majority of businesses we recommend a hybrid approach, which is essentially a mix of physical servers and/or storage on-site and Cloud-based apps to provide a fast, efficient and reliable solution.

We also suggest you review your software programs as part of the server upgrade. A report entitled Windows server 2003: Why you should get current (IDC July 2014), recommends a holistic approach be taken when considering possible upgrades. “Think not just about an operating system migration/update but also about the entire software ecosystem and make good decisions that benefit the whole application stack and offer the longest return on investment.”

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