4 Tips for Successful Server Upgrades

As your business grows and changes, your IT infrastructure will surely need to evolve, too. And when it does, you need to be prepared to upgrade accordingly. Server upgrades are a necessary part of ensuring your business has the resources available to handle demand, and in turn you’ll need to do some planning – and follow a few simple rules – to make sure your upgrade proceeds smoothly and with minimal disruption.

Here are our top 4 tips to ensure a successful upgrade:

  1. Do your research
    Don’t assume that your new server or hardware will play nicely with the rest of your system. Even if the device claims to be plug-and-play, it’s best to avoid any nasty surprises by doing a bit of research. Whenever you install something new, even if the manufacturer claims the component is compatible with your system, do a bit of legwork to make sure. Check out online forums to find out about any issues you might possibly encounter, and thoroughly read the manufacturer’s website and other materials. The HP server resource forum is a good place to start.
  2. Invest in quality hardware and components
    Your servers are the heart of your business. So why gamble on purchasing “bargains”? If you’re considering buying a new server or other related components or software, investing in high-quality solutions is always preferable. While the upfront costs may be higher, in the long term you’re going to save significantly, thanks to the improved performance and uptime.
  3. Only make one change at a time
    It’s tempting to knock out a bunch of changes at once and reduce time spent performing multiple tasks. But it’s best to perform each task or installation separately, so that if problems occur at some point, it’s far easier to isolate which change was responsible for the error.
  4. Document all changes
    In addition to making one change at a time, you should also document each change you make. Taking the time to update your documentation with the change you made or component you upgraded – including noting that component’s vital details (manufacturer, serial numbers, warranty and support information) – will make it much simpler to address and repair future problems.
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