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Published: June 3, 2016

Used servers can provide a cost effective solution for companies looking to upgrade their network. It’s no secret that this hardware acts like the company’s nervous system, providing a junction point for all data transfers inside the business. That makes it one of the most important elements of the business, so it needs to be upgraded frequently to remain effective. Relying on aging or outdated hardware is a sure way for a business to fall behind its competitors, and as a company grows, it will need to transition away from splitting up its data among multiple drives and consolidate everything. Companies at this stage, as well as businesses on a budget, will find what they need through refurbished hardware.

Why should a business consider used servers?

It’s no different than upgrading a desktop. Over time, the hardware will struggle to maintain acceptable speeds as users engage applications that demand more and more resources. Eventually, the hardware will fail, and the company will effectively be brought to a standstill. As a business grows, its need for improved data transfer speeds, storage, and failsafe capabilities will also increase. However, much like upgrading a home computer, it’s not necessary to buy the latest and greatest every time a boost is needed.

Refurbished hardware, as long as it is handled properly, can provide most of what a new system can. Most companies find that there is little difference in terms of speed, functionality, and reliability. Again, this is similar to upgrading a desktop. While a computer built with previous generation components will not match a new system, most people won’t even realize it. All that matters is that the system meets the company’s needs, and refurbished hardware is perfectly capable of that.

With little difference in performance, the cost savings are even more attractive. In fact, some refurbished systems are available for as little as 1/10 of a comparable, new system. That extra money can be reallocated to re configuring the hardware for the company’s needs, something that a reputable seller should be able to help with. Used servers often provide superior flexibility, even though that might sound surprising. But it’s because new hardware comes with preset configurations that can be difficult to alter. Refurbished systems, though, can be set up to the company’s preferences, and sellers typically keep skilled engineers on hand to help with the process. Some will even help set up RAID and update all relevant software, ensuring excellent performance from the moment it’s switched on.

Reliability is often a concern with refurbished hardware, but the industry has improved greatly in this area in recent years, and many services will attach a warranty to their products, and one that is comparable to the standard warranties large manufacturers provide. In short, there’s no reason to overlook used servers, and the cost savings is a plus.