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5 Signs It's Time to Replace Your Business Server
Business servers are vital to a company’s operations, so it is important to know when to replace one before failure results in a significant loss, but with various industry recommendations found online, how do you know when it’s time to invest in a new or refurbished server? Consider these 5 signs:
1. Customer Feedback / Diminishing Performance of a Server
If you are experiencing diminishing performance, your server is slow and no longer keeping up with the workload, it may be time to replace it. Maybe you haven’t noticed any issues, but according to your sales team, customer feedback indicates a problem.
Upgrading the CPU, replacing hard drives and adding more memory can help improve performance, but these and other upgrades may not provide the boost your server needs. In many cases, it is more cost-effective to replace the server, especially an aging one.
Every year we love to spread Christmas cheer by donating to a local toy drive or charity to help our littlest neighbors in need celebrate the season. This year we partnered with Blue Santa Houston to help stock their Santa's Workshop!
Houston, TX, November 12, 2019 -- ServerMonkey, a full-service information technology company specializing in new and refurbished enterprise IT hardware, in addition to asset disposition and recycling services, is set to attend SC19.
SC19, a yearly series of conferences, continues to inspire students and attendees alike with knowledge from the HPC (high-performance computing) community.
With its first conference on supercomputing in 1988, and later integrating with SCinet in 1991, the HPC community continues to evolve and draw in the largest network of high-performance networking experts. SCinet’s mission since the beginning is to “bring new technologies and capabilities to bear.”
What are Refurbished Servers?
In the same way that electronics are refurbished, a refurbished server holds the same meaning in which it consists of a customer returning an open or unopened product in a like-new condition but cannot be sold as new again and is offered with a deep discount. This is especially different from “used” in which the “refurbished” unit is free from defects.
What are SSDs? – Solid State Drives
In terms of speed, reliability, and form factor, an SSD is the reigning champion when it comes to accessing and retrieving data. Instead of storing data via magnetic storage, a solid state drive stores data with flash memory which is more efficient at reading and writing data.
A typical SSD will outperform a hard drive by 100 times or more depending on the SSD. To put that into perspective, a rendering program would take about an hour to render an entire video with a traditional HDD while an SSD could do it in less than half the time!
In terms of capacity, SSDs have been growing and can now accommodate a whopping 1TB of data! Although there are some companies that have created in the realm of 60TBs!
Due to its small size and light weight, SSDs are excellent for longevity, power consumption and noise. You can stick them to pretty much any surface since they’re about ¼ the size of a traditional HDD. It also has no moving parts, which entails less corruption of data, no noise and less power consumption.
As prices for SSDs continue to drop and more businesses switch over to them, you can expect them to become the standard for enterprises and servers.
Specializing in Refurbished IT Hardware & ITAD Services, ServerMonkey Meets Highest Standards for Responsible Recycling of IT Equipment
Houston, TX, August 14, 2019 -- ServerMonkey, a full-service information technology partner specializing in new and refurbished servers and networking equipment, is pleased to announce the company has achieved e-Stewards certification. This voluntary, top industry certification demonstrates ServerMonkey’s commitment to helping protect against environmental and human health impacts from improper recycling, in addition to promoting safe and effective recovery and reuse of IT equipment.
“ServerMonkey has always been committed to conducting business in an environmentally responsible and socially conscious manner, but any vendor can make that claim,” says Bashar Hindi, Vice President of Sales. “This certification reassures our customers we meet the highest standards for responsible recycling.”
Earlier this week, Arrow Electronics Inc. announced that - due to changing business dynamics - they will be winding down their IT Asset Disposition division by the end of this year.
If you have been affected by this news, ServerMonkey can help with the decommissioning of your existing equipment and any future decommissioning goals. We work hard to provide you with the best return on your investment and offer detailed documentation of your teardown.
As part of our ITAD services, we can securely erase your data while offering options for safe and sustainable dispositioning or remarketing. Our data security services are secure, comprehensive, and customizable to your needs.
Having a secure way to handle IT equipment disposal is crucial to protect a company’s sensitive data and brand. With the way technology is constantly evolving, IT asset disposal is becoming more complicated and riskier for your business. Companies used to simply dump old equipment into landfills, however doing this not only puts your data at risk for theft but can also have implications with the law. To protect your company and its data, you need professional ITAD services.
ITAD is an acronym standing for Information Technology Asset Disposition, and it’s all about disposing of unwanted equipment in a safe manner. It’s crucial to find an ITAD company that you trust to dispose of and recycle your unused equipment in a responsible manner. If data stored on your devices isn’t decommissioned properly or responsibly your company is at risk for a data breach.
The highly specialized machinery you use to run your company needs to be decommissioned by an expert; not only for the sake of your privacy but also because specialists will be able to recycle parts and handle the machinery in the most environmentally friendly and efficient manner.
Click Read More to learn the three main steps to take to prepare your Assets for being decommissioned.
Houston, TX, June 17, 2019 -- ServerMonkey, a full-service information technology company specializing in new and refurbished enterprise servers and networking equipment, in addition to IT asset disposition and recycling services, has once again achieved certification for the Responsible Recycling (R2) Standard.
“Being an R2 Certified recycler of IT equipment affirms our company’s commitment to practicing the highest standards for recycling and refurbishment,” says Bashar Hindi, ServerMonkey Vice President of Sales. “This Certification also assures our customers that ServerMonkey complies with all applicable laws and regulations while protecting against data breaches and environmental liabilities that can result from improper disposal of IT assets.”
ServerMonkey first became R2 Certified in 2016 and has since continued to meet the high standards year after year, but after three years R2 Certified companies must repeat the full certification process, explains Hindi. ServerMonkey reapplied and was again awarded the certification.
If you deal with servers and IT matters on a daily basis, you probably know the importance of creating a cool, comfortable environment for those valuable pieces of hardware. Sure, most systems employ cooling fans to tackle the heat, but in many cases, fans alone may not prevent server overheating from causing a meltdown.
What Happens When Servers Overheat?
Server nodes produce heat. A LOT of heat. That’s why servers are outfitted with CPU cooling fans, and data center managers get creative with high-tech ventilation systems to shuck heat away from the server.
When the nodes around the CPU reach temperatures around 85-90°F and remain at that temperature for several minutes, you run the risk of potentially blowing the CPU. Meltdown. In many cases, nothing is salvageable in this situation, and you’re out a very important piece of equipment that may serve critical business operations.
In a situation such as this, even if the CPU is replaced and your server is once again functional after the overheating incident, you may still run into problems down the road due to the meltdown. Since critical components such as the memory, motherboard, and power supply were exposed to extreme heat, they are much more prone to fail sooner rather than later.