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If a server doesn't get used, does it age?

490 54 February 21, 2018 at 12:02 PM
I have a couple of servers that we never deployed this year (purchased as new HP ProLiant ML10 v2).

The goal is to replace existing servers around 5-7 years. If these servers aren't used, do they still age? In other word, can I replace an existing HP ProLiant ML10 v2 server with one that was never used five years down the line and expect to get 5 more years out of it?

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As long as it was stored properly (i.e. no condensation/excessive temperatures/ dust) I would say yes, however the hardware may or may not be able to run the latest software as well (read: efficiently) as a modern system would
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You could have issues with drivers with new operating systems and of course no warranty.
Prices are pretty flat so there is no advantage to buying ahead.
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You buy 2 cars, put one in storage and drive the other. In 20 years has the one in storage aged?

Absolutely. The rubber in the belts and hoses is shot, mice have destroyed the interior, lots of the electronics don't work as electrolyte in capacitors has dried up. Now imagine moore's law applies to cars, in just a couple years no one in their right mind would want to drive it because it would be so slow relatively.

Then there's software...

This is coming from we don't need no stinking backups inc. right? Facepalm
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Why would anyone want to do this even if they could? 5 years is forever in the data center\server world and replacing a server with something 5 years old and out of date is ridiculous on the face of it. You could buy the same tech 5 years from now for pennies on the dollar or get a much better server in 5 years for the same money. No Ops or data center manager\tech is ever going to propose this and if they did I would have fired them on the spot when I was still doing that sort of thing.

If you have a couple of servers going unused, then either re-purpose them for other apps\for file and print purposes or re-sell\return them and get rid of them.

My 2 cents.
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Why would anyone want to do this even if they could? 5 years is forever in the data center\server world and replacing a server with something 5 years old and out of date is ridiculous on the face of it. You could buy the same tech 5 years from now for pennies on the dollar or get a much better server in 5 years for the same money. No Ops or data center manager\tech is ever going to propose this and if they did I would have fired them on the spot when I was still doing that sort of thing.

If you have a couple of servers going unused, then either re-purpose them for other apps\for file and print purposes or re-sell\return them and get rid of them.

My 2 cents.
Agree 100%
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