The Importance Of Aging Hardware

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Summary
Ideally server hardware should be replaced every four to five years. The server at the Hastings i-SITE is now a decade old and is beginning to fail. This document investigates three options for replacing or removing this aging hardware and recommends which option the Network Infrastructure Support team recommends.
Background
Hardware
The industry standard recommendation is to replace hardware after three to four years. In practise this replacement window could be shorter or longer depending on the workload the hardware is expected to serve.
As computer hardware ages, the likelihood of a physical failure increases. Aging hardware can also struggle to keep up with the workloads expected of them; the hardware, and its capabilities stay
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This new server could be a Z200 workstation that is not being used, though this hardware is also aging. A new desktop/workstation could be used or a NAS solution, which also supports printers, could be investigated.
The new server would give the same services as the current server and no other changes would be required.
The internet connection to the site could also be upgraded, but is not required to resolve the issue of the aging hardware failing.
Preferred Option/s and Reasons
Either of option one or two are highly preferred. Bringing the services provided onto our main Council system centralises management and means that the remote staff benefit from future upgrades to our future upgrades in the same way that on-site staff do.
They will also benefit from the faster internet connection provided by fibre as a lot of their work is hosted online, including the IBIS point of sale system and the various bus and other transportation booking websites. Faster internet would allow staff to leverage Intramaps and or Google Maps to provide better directions and/or printed maps to the

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