Typically, new servers have a lot of interesting features and benefits associated with the processing of data, work with memory, network, etc. But due to budgetary constraints during the initial procurement of servers, often have to be contented with only a minimal part of all these possibilities. With the growth of business for your company it may be possible to increase their technical capacity and to upgrade servers.
If you decide to upgrade your dedicated server, how do you get the most from your investment?
When planning the upgrade of servers, it is important to understand that we are entering a time when processor performance is enough for all the complex computer tasks virtually. Typically, today, performance problems do not arise from the fact that the computational load becomes more intense and require a higher performance machine because plug-ins are required to solve problems. In other words, the problem is not CPU performance.This problem is frequently encountered both in enterprise systems and as well as in the “cloud services” platforms. Therefore, upgrading servers can be financially justified and warranted, and bring real benefits and cost savings.
Here are four areas in which the money spent on upgrading existing servers, can have a good return on investment. Expand the memory in servers for even more performance per dollar spent enable memory expansion in upgrading servers. With the growing popularity of virtualization increases memory requirements. Hypervisor can stand a lot of system memory, which had happened only during peak loads. In fact, the cost of memory expansion capabilities to the limit of the system can save money by enabling the use of virtualization technologies to consolidate and efficient use of computing resources. Increasing the size of memory increases the performance of the system allows the use of equipment that has already acquired the company, as well as it can reduce the time to handle multiple applications running on one server and allows you to extend the life of the server for two or three years.
Use a hard drive
If you happen to get a good budget crisis for the modernization of IT systems, we can spend some money on the purchase of more effective local storage systems.Heads in hard drives that spin at high revolutions per minute (e.g., SAS drives with speed of 15 200 in one minute) and drives that use the faster protocol processing or use a high-speed controllers that enhance overall system performance. In addition to improving performance, upgrade of the disk storage systems can also reduce power consumption, because modern hard disks are manufactured taking energy efficiency into account. Drives that consume little power, coupled with the controller and the operating system that supports plans for efficient use of electricity can significantly reduce power consumption.This provides a fast return on these new hard drives.
With the growing popularity of virtualization in data centers the construction of a single high-speed network, which combines Ethernet and Fiber Channel, use of converged network adapters has become popular. Installation of new adapters can be difficult, if you’re working with rackmount servers (rack server), as the motherboard or chassis do not have space to install additional PCI and PCI-Express. However, when working with medium sized servers or even mini-towers, which are arranged differently, may have a place to insert a modern Ethernet network card on which you can send Ethernet traffic, and Fiber Channel. Naturally, the need for convergence of networks and use advanced network switches or unified computing platform is required.
Do not forget the backup infrastructure
Notice the redundancy of infrastructure and duplicate elements. Think about the acquisition of RAID systems for file and mail servers, or may be more expensive solutions to ensure the expansion of disk arrays in the future and be prepared for emergencies.Also do not forget about the uninterrupted power supply. A good investment of funds will also include UPS, redundant internal power supplies, as well as the use of “hot” backup technology and the subsequent replacement of the failed system hardware.
Solutions to restore the work after emergency situations
Solutions to restore the work after emergency situations are costly and sometimes not included in the program of the initial purchase, but they are very important functions of IT infrastructure. Specialized card remote access servers, which allow you to remotely start and shutdown the computer, as well as access to the server console and perform tasks that normally require a physical presence, are expensive, but it pays off in the event of a problem in remote offices or remote data centers.
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