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How much is your old server really costing you?

2nd February 2016

Old Server

Still running an old server in your office? If your server is more than 4 years old it’s likely the hardware investment is already paid off so you might think it is costing you very little. But you may be surprised just how much it is costing you in energy, cooling and even loss of productivity.


According to the Federation of Small Businesses, almost a third of small businesses see the cost of energy as a barrier to the growth and success of their business. With business energy prices expected to rise by a third by 2030, now is the time to take action to improve energy efficiency. Yet one area businesses often ignore when looking for energy savings is upgrading old servers.

Whether you’re running Windows Small Business Server (SBS) or another ageing Windows Server, such as the no longer supported Server 2003, older servers are normally extremely energy inefficient.

If servers are in a server room, then there’s also the additional cost of air conditioning to consider. If they’re not in a server room, then there’s a real risk of overheating, which could cause considerable and costly business disruption.

Old Server Energy Costs

Energy savings from moving to a more modern server solution can make a significant difference to your bottom line. For businesses operating with a 5% profit margin over three years, a £500-a-year energy saving – quite possible if you are running servers from the turn of the century – has the same impact as £30,000 of extra sales.


Another hidden cost is productivity – although you might not realise it, your clunky old servers could be significantly slowing the pace that you do business.

Time spent waiting for applications to load adds up when you multiply it across your workforce, not to mention the downtime experienced during server issues (common with such old kit) and the staff time taken up with resolving such issues.

There’s also the matter of business continuity to consider. On such elderly equipment there’s a very real chance your backups are failing. Plus old server software is often out of date and no longer supported, and therefore more liable to security breaches.

What’s the alternative?

Upgrading to newer, more energy efficient servers is one option. However this requires a significant initial investment, so nowadays more small businesses are opting to move some or all of their functions to the cloud, often using Office 365 or Azure.

We’re already covered some of the numerous benefits of moving to the cloud on this blog, including a reduction in on-site IT costs, and cost-effective disaster recovery.

Another key benefit for small businesses is that no large initial investment is required, as you only pay for what you use. Costs are predictable, and it is easily scalable should your business grow.

As well as benefiting from faster, more modern and reliable systems, employees can work anywhere. This means less downtime and a more flexible, productive workforce.

Need help upgrading to more cost-effective servers or moving to the cloud?

Contact us for a no-obligation assessment of your current server setup and to discuss your options for the future.



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