Sunday, August 23, 2009

How long should I keep my server?

One of the common questions from our clients is "How long should I keep my server?". There's no set lifetime for a server, but we do have some guidelines that we follow.

When we sell a client a server, we strongly recommend purchasing a three year warranty with same-day parts delivery. Most manufacturers will also sell an extended warranty for years four and five. The reason they won't go any further than that has to do with the "bathtub curve". After a server has been running 24 hours a day for five years, it's very likely that the mechanical components such as hard drives, tape drives, and fans will begin failing.

Major updates to the operating system and other software running on the server generally comes out in a 3 to 5 year cycle. We had Windows 2000 Server, Windows Server 2003, and now Windows Server 2008. Even a computer at the top end of the performance scale when Server 2003 was shipped will not provide similar performance running Server 2008.

Some clients base the replacement decision on the depreciation guidelines. I have an arrangement with my tax accountant -- I won't offer tax advice and he won't offer computer advice.

There is a good likelihood that your business needs have changed over the years that your server has been in operation. You have either added or removed staff, increased the amount of tasks your server is used for, or upgraded other portions of your network. Getting a newer server that more closely fits your requirement makes sense.

Internet Solver will recommend to our clients that they plan on and begin budgeting for a new server between the third and fourth years of service for their server. This gives enough lead time to account for a new server in the budget and do the migration process in a controlled fashion instead of during a crisis when your server is having problems and needs to be replaced immediately.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

DSL Bonding - More bandwidth in more places

We have a lot of clients that would like a higher speed Internet service than they are currently able to get. We've got a great solution - DSL bonding. This service is available anywhere we provide our Premier DSL or our Standard DSL services.

With this service our customers are able to double the upload and download speed on their DSL service. In addition, the reliability is increased because the service will stay functioning even if one of the two links is damaged.

There's no equipment to purchase for our DSL bonding, like all of our other products the hardware is included with the service. Please contact Internet Solver for more details or to get started!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Best of Des Moines Award Winner

The votes have been tallied and Internet Solver was the winner in "Best Technology Equipment Dealer" and runner up in "Best Local Internet Service Provider". The full details are available on the Business Record's site at

We're excited to have won such a great honor and that our customers recognize all the hard work that we do. Of course we were only mentioned in two categories, we'll be back for Best Computer Consulting Company next year!