Most of us know that moving away from your current on-site servers to a cloud platform (like VAULT) will provide your business with great efficiently and flexibility.
But some businesses don't even let themselves get to the conversations and there are many of us that are still caught up on when to replace your current servers.
Let's face it, few of us like to spend money and even fewer like to spend it on IT. Although today's business relies 100% on the box in the corner with flashing light and that low hum (if it's louder than that you should skip to the bottom of this blog and give us a call) but most of us fail to put the true value of the investment of the right IT platform.
One of the first roadblocks we always find when speaking to potential clients is the question around why they should replace their 4 year old servers when their car is 10 years old, shouldn't the servers go for the same amount of time? - It's a common question that has been put to me many times.
Like anything in life, perception is reality so let's apply some of this reality to this common example.
On average, most of us drive our cars for 2 hours per day, this is 14 hours per week or 728 hours per year. If you keep your car for 10 years your car would have had about 7,280 driving hours.
Hopefully if you have had your car serviced regularly, the amount of money you would have spent over the years to keep it on the road would have been seen as a sound investment as you need to get to work and get your family around.
Servers run 24x7x365 and have to "carry" an entire business. So using the car example again, those servers sitting in the corner keeping your staff working have already accumulated a year's worth you driving in the first 31 days.
By the time your servers are 1 year old they have "driven" 8,760 hours, more than you would have done in your car in 10 years. Most businesses ask that their severs do this for 5 to 7 years…..
Typically those same businesses are reluctant to invest in IT to maintain these servers which you would typically do for your car.
There lies the key issue, every day we speak to businesses who are losing money and time due to downtime with servers, and it's these businesses who have not invested in maintaining their servers.
If you have ever found yourself on the side of the road with your hood up and steam coming out of your engine, you know how annoying that can be watching other cars speed past.
What you don't want to do is find your entire business with it's hood up and watching other businesses take advantage of your position, or worse, losing clients as you let your servers down.