When is it time to upgrade your server?
A dedicated or shared server can be used for many different tasks. A few of the most popular types of servers include web servers, email servers, Sharepoint servers, and proxy servers. There are dozens more uses for a server depending on the need that you have.
Today we are talking about when to upgrade your server, regardless of the type or what is used for. Upgrading a server can be good or bad depending on what your technical experience is and what your overall solution is that you are looking for. You should look to upgrade your server when basically one of two things occur in your project.
The first is when a server has "aged out" which means the EOL (End of Life) is nearing and you need to upgrade to newer hardware. The second option is when you have maximized the resources of your current hardware or software, and upgrading means that you need faster and more powerful hardware because of an increase in resources being used.
Addressing an aging server is one of the most challenging tasks because you will to migrate all of the technology and tasks that your current project is using to a newer hardware. This can spell trouble if not handled correctly and sufficient research should be done ahead of a migration like this. When upgrading to new server hardware because you need expanded and enhanced resources can sometimes be easier.
When you only need more memory or faster processing, many times a migration is easier on this case because you do not always need to reconfigure your existing software settings to do this. Hardware changes of this nature are often automatically detected by your platform but should still be researched fully before proceeding.
Following the tips here and researching every step to upgrading your server is an important step to being on the level of hardware you need for your project and should be approached very carefully moving forward.
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