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For many organizations facing IT budget challenges, delaying capital expenses by prolonging the life of hardware assets is a common strategy. While stretching the life of servers and other hardware canbe beneficial in terms of reducing capital expenses, IT organizations must consider operational expenses. In many cases, extending the life of servers too long can lead to an increase in operational expenses that could pay for investments in new technology. Before simply delaying new hardware purchases, organizations need to assess the impact on both capital budgets and operational budgets.

This report addresses:

  • The main costs impacting today's enterprise IT budgets
  • How these challenges have impacted the technology refresh cycle
  • The advantages and disadvantages of an enterprise's decision to stretch server life cycles
  • Key points that an IT manager/director can make to support a request for new server technology
  • The new technology innovations that should be considered in the purchase of new servers

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