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    Question how long do a dedicated server provider hold on to their server?

    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?

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    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)

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    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...

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    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.
    SiteSouth
    Atlanta, GA and Las Vegas, NV. Colocation

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    3 years at the most and then it is junk.

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    2-3 years here.
    Synergy Blue LLC
    SonataWeb.net | SynergyBlue.com
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    Also take into account the speed of the server when it is brand new. We have some servers that were top of the line 4 years ago, and even today they'll still outperform new lower-end servers.
    Scott Burns, President
    BQ Internet Corporation
    Remote Rsync and FTP backup solutions
    *** http://www.bqbackup.com/ ***

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