Thursday, November 15, 2012

If It Isn’t Broke, Don’t Fix It - Legacy vs. Current

Sick of hearing about the latest and greatest? If you’re standardized on end-of-life equipment, then bleeding-edge, cloud-optimized, bells and whistles equipment isn’t likely what you’re looking for. And we’re here to tell you, it shouldn’t be what ANYONE is looking for unless they are experiencing a technology constraint due to their current equipment.

The cost of upgrading your perfectly good equipment is often way more expensive than the cost of maintaining your current equipment. For example, if I have a customer running HP ProLiant DL380 G5 servers, I can provide them with 2 of those EOL servers for under $1000. However, if they want to upgrade to a DL380 G7 server, that will cost them around $2000. And in some cases, the G7 server won’t even work right with the rest of their servers, which leads to buying even more of the costlier G7’s to make them work for the environment. At this point, the customer starts feeling like their wallet has sprung a leak.

So as you can see, there’s really no reason to invest the money for the latest and greatest equipment when you can future-proof your legacy equipment for the next 5+ years by simply buying a couple of inexpensive spares. So while the buzzwords may be engaging, the sales person charming, and the equipment shiny, just remember - if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.

- KH

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