That's what I figured. I was wondering if this was standard practice though? Do people really move to bigger faster servers (and migrate their data) every X number of years?
Of course not, there's no reason at all that you need too unless you actually need more power. In fact, you may be safer on older hardware that you've had for a long time as you have a history of stability and reliability. New hardware, you can never know when it will die so you are more on edge then.
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Interesting, I didn't even think of that as an option. Do you know if the major DC usually do that?
TBH, I'm not sure! If they are still selling servers with similar spec that you have they will almost certainly be cheaper than they were 4 years ago, if that's the case I'm sure they would match the new price at least.
If you've had it 4 years they have probably made the equivalent of several times the value of the server off you, it can't do any harm to ask. If they won't budge tell them your moving and see if they will make a deal - some profit is better than no profit.
Agree with AFerrier also. We've never upgraded just for the sake of it, if it's not broke don't fix it!
We started out 3 years ago with 1 dedi, upgraded to 2 dedi's when he first one got overloaded, then upgraded again 2 3 much more powerful colo's (however the move to colo was due to massive savings on running costs).
I suspect there is a large audience in the web world that has not kept up with new machines. This means you are probably overpaying - since a lot of machines are much faster than those that are 4 years old and they are nearly half the price. I have spoken with a few people, and most are simply not interested in taking the time to upgrade - buts its pretty simple and can save you a lot of money.........oh yeah and you get a much better machine in the process
I can attest to the start stop cycles for HDDs. Had a few boxes with over 600 days uptime and no problems but the moment we had to reboot, it failed to boot.
Lucky for us, We were running RAID5 so we just popped in another drive and rebuilt the raid array and we were good to go. The ordeal made us go ahead and swap the other drive while we were at it and the data was saved.
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There isn't really a timeline for upgrades, but you can also consider what you could do with an upgrade that would be, most likely, about equal in cost with better hardware. By upgrading, you also open your options in terms of innovation with what you can do with the data you currently have. Or you could even reduce your number of servers through consolidation and load balancing on more powerful machines.
Every two-three years is a good period of time in which to look for upgrades, however it could be important to look even sooner than that for possibly significant upgrades with better hardware that are on special with reduced prices. Cost is just important as the hardware you're getting.