Servers are the backbone of modern IT infrastructure. They support the computational requirements of the entire application portfolio of an enterprise organization. However, their life span is finite. A new generation of servers performs much better than its predecessors. Still, is this outperformance worth it?
As businesses digitize themselves, seek long-term resiliency for their current business models, and explore new revenue-generation opportunities, server infrastructure shifts from a cost to an asset. In other words, it generates tangible return on its use. The worth of server infrastructure to a business is much different than it used to be. Over time, the value of current server infrastructure depreciates. As this occurs, organizations must evaluate the cost benefits of procuring new servers compared with the cumulative costs (maintenance, upkeep, outages, etc.) of running older servers.
Chief information officers (CIOs) and IT leaders must select the optimal time to replace all or part of their existing server infrastructure. There is a mindset that pushing out server-refresh initiatives is prudent when business priorities change or cash needs to be preserved.