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3 minute readServer Buying Guide: 3 Questions to Ask

Servers continue to be one of our main product focuses when it comes to helping IT professionals optimize their data center infrastructure. We offer a wide range of HP, Dell, IBM, & Cisco servers to help end users achieve their requirements and more.

However, there are a few things you should take into consideration before purchasing servers for your environment.

Today we will go over some questions to ask yourself when buying servers as well as some things about servers you may not know but should.

What Applications Will You Run?

The applications you plan to run on the server will largely dictate the type of server you purchase. Skipping questions about your applications could cost you in the long run. Not taking your specific environment into account could introduce issues like increased latency within your data center, or even worse, downtime.

Make the informed decision by asking yourself if you’ll be running applications like email or a database. If that’s the case, then you may need a more robust server. It is also worth it to double check to see if any of these applications have specific hardware requirements.

How Much Power & Memory Do You Really Need?

Power and memory are hot button topics for servers. It is necessary to be honest about your server needs when it comes to power and memory. Consumption can be costly so be mindful of the components you’ll have to include in your server. That way, you can get the power supply you truly require.

This also goes for memory. Memory is important because there never seems to be enough. Be upfront about your memory requirements. Add the memory you need when you do the initial server deployment to save you the headache of having to go through the hassle of adding it later.

How Many Switch Ports Does This Server Deployment Require?

Not planning for enough switch ports is one of the most frequent mistakes we see from customers when it comes to servers. An end user will buy a number of servers only to realize they do not have enough ports on their switch. Do a thorough count of all your empty ports prior to purchasing your servers.

When Will You Need To Upgrade Your Servers?

Although the usual OEM refresh cycle is about 3 years, servers last longer than you think. Your server can be supported after the initial 3 year period with third party maintenance.

What’s Next?

Now that you know some of the basic questions to ask yourself, you can make the best decision and choose the server that fits your specific data center requirements. As the World’s #1 Reseller of Certified Pre-Owned Hardware & Support, we can help you choose the best blade, rack, or tower server for your environment.

For more information on how to optimize your storage, server, and networking infrastructure, reach out to one of our dedicated specialists or give us a call at 1.877.227.0828.


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Reid Smith-Vaniz

by Reid Smith-Vaniz

Reid is the founder and CEO of Reliant Technology and for 14 years has pursued his mission to remove the pain associated with maintaining IT infrastructure. Reid writes on common challenges related to maintaining, servicing, tracking, budgeting, and upgrading technology.

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