Technology is constantly evolving, leaving many companies struggling to decide when is the right time to make a change. You might be asking yourself: Does my existing IT equipment need replacing or upgrading? Perhaps the company has grown in leaps and bounds, and the current system is slowing you down, or perhaps your legacy systems are heading towards obsolescence.

It’s a difficult decision to make since it involves many moving parts; the people who use these systems every day, as well as the hardware involved in processing many complex transactions, and the cost involved with upgrades. This, of course, will impact the bottom line of your budget.

However, remember that IT departments have to continue to invest a significant amount of money into new business technology, and your company needs to keep pace to compete. So, here are a few questions to ask yourself, as you consider an upgrade or replacement:

  1. Are employees complaints increasing because it takes longer and longer to accomplish the simplest of tasks? Is the network sluggish handling routine tasks? Or are you in a cycle of negotiating network contracts, configuring equipment, deploying solutions, addressing user complaints, fixing problems, and repeating this over and over. If so, it might be time to upgrade.
  2. Your network shouldn’t restrain the growth of your business. If you suspect this is true, ask yourself these questions: Are your servers operating below specifications? When was the last time your business performed a hardware refresh?

    If you haven’t recently replaced your equipment, you could be risking your networking infrastructure to a hardware failure, which could result in downtime and data loss. Many businesses choose to forsake the hardware refresh to save money, but in reality, this does nothing but prolong the inevitable and put your data on the line.

  3. Do you expect to reach capacity on your existing systems in the near future? It’s tempting to put off system expansions for as long as possible so excess capacity isn’t sitting around being wasted.

    However, putting off upgrades to expand your capacity can mean serious crunch time as demands trend higher than expected. It’s easier, safer, and less stressful to be on top of demands rather than playing catchup.

If you’ve decided that it’s time to replace your existing system, Summit has an excellent Asset Recovery Program. We offer top dollar for excess or obsolete servers, storage and networking hardware.

We will audit and test all of the network equipment and promptly send you a check, or use your trade-in as a credit towards a future purchase with us. If the equipment cannot be resold, we will break it down for parts or dispose of it responsibly, and recycle it.

The bottom line is that most computing equipment replaced by organizations today still has significant market value. That’s why simply disposing of old IT hardware just doesn’t make good business sense. This program can significantly offset the cost of replacing your IT equipment.