Server Lifecycle - How does the industry consider lifecycle of server hardware? How long is too long? Server hardware lifecycle: Exploring an optimized hardware lifecycle process could be a significant cost savings for us. But how long is too long to keep server hardware? Should we retain servers until end of support? Or will advances in either technology (positive) or increased failure rate (negative) push us to more frequent replacements? So, how does the industry think of server hardware lifecycle management?

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VP of IT in Finance (non-banking), 10,001+ employees
I servers are normally refreshed every 10 years for major upgrades.
CIO in Consumer Goods, 11 - 50 employees
Depends on server role too. But generally it ranges from 5 to 8 years in my experience.
CIO in Education, 201 - 500 employees
Usually, the lifecycle should be anywhere between 8 and 10 years but, with everything that's been happening, new inventions and discoveries, etc. I think the duration has been reduced by at least 30%, i.e., I expect a server to be able to keep its peak performance for no longer than 5-7 years.
Director in Manufacturing, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
We used a rotational strategy. The newest hardware went to the most compute intensive efforts. At 3-5 years it would be migrate to more basic use or maybe into a development environment. We usually retired at 8 years but occasionally held it longer. We are now 100% cloud or outsourced data center for our main data centers. We will see how we evolve the strategy for servers that still need to be physically at certain remote locations and manufacturing locations .
VP in Construction, 51 - 200 employees
I have always encouraged five years, which generally falls under the industry standard.
Director of IT in Manufacturing, 201 - 500 employees
Industry best practices emphasize the importance of planning and managing the server hardware lifecycle effectively. This includes evaluating technology trends, assessing performance requirements, budgeting for replacement cycles, and aligning hardware refresh with organizational needs.
Executive Advisory in Manufacturing, 11 - 50 employees
According the to I.R.S., servers have a useful lift of 7-years. But we generally go with 5-years as that seems to work well with OS upgrades. 

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