Re: how long do a dedicated server provider hold on to their server?
Originally posted by jt2377 is there a life cycle which they at X years they will get rid of server and get a new batch of new servers? what do they do with older one? do they sell it or recycle it?
Usually, a host will hang onto a server until it becomes horribly obsolete. Once they consider it obsolete, they may give it one last use as a leased server. This means that after a client has completed so many months of renting it, they officially own the server and just pay colocation costs. Some hosts may donate their old servers to a nonprofit organization and get a return on their taxes. Or, they may just keep them around for cheap value servers (Like those hosts who still offer 500Mhz/733Mhz Pentium 3's and AMDs)
If a server is maintained properly, it can last a very long time. But, usually hosts keep them around for 2-3 years and then they either use them to sell low-end dedicated servers, sell them, or put very little load on them...
You can keep them as long as the current version of an OS still works on them. I've got some older P3s that we lease to clients as development/testing or backup servers. It saves them money and they don't need all the bells and whistle or speed of newer servers. It works well for both of us.
Atlanta, GA and Las Vegas, NV. Colocation