Inexpensive Business Servers: The Used Server Hardware Buyer's Guide

Inexpensive Business Servers: The Used Server Hardware Buyer's Guide

Posted by Team Recompute on 9th Apr 2019

When it comes to server hardware, there is a myriad of options available to the consumer. From new to used or refurbished it's often difficult to know which choice is right for you. 

Most small businesses do not have IT staff on hand when they first start, making purchasing computer equipment confusing and downright overwhelming. Not knowing the right options can cause needless spending for specifications that are not needed. 

That's why we are here, to help make sense of it all. First things first, knowing what you're looking for. 

What to Look for When Buying a Server

When it comes to your business network, what are your current and future needs? If you purchase a server based only on what you currently need you may run the risk of needing more storage and functionality right off the bat. 

When shopping for servers here are some things you will want to consider. 

  • Functionality
  • Price
  • Hardware
  • Software 
  • Integration
  • Maintenance
  • Scaleability
  • Data Security
  • Support

Any good IT salesperson will help walk you through these issues, but it's good to do some research beforehand to familiarize yourself with the terms and definitions.

Why Used Servers Are a Better Choice

Businesses of all sizes have the option of purchasing used or refurbished servers for less money and the same fantastic functionality. This option works great when you need high power, but your budget is constrained. 

Another benefit of refurbished servers is that you can purchase high-quality computers that work perfectly with your refurbished servers. 

The hesitation that people seem to come across is that they are unaware of what refurbished means. This misconception is why research is a vital part of the process.   

Purchase Server Hardware for the Future

Purchasing a computer solely based on what you need now is a fools' errand, especially when you own/operate a business. Always purchase for estimated needs for the next 3-5 years or buy a server that can be upgraded and grow with your company. 

The standard way to calculate this is to allow around 200GB per employee and triple that if your company deals with any multimedia files. 

It's not just the future of your business' IT department you're helping when you purchase refurbished computers. You're also helping our planet! Not only does it reduce the amount of electronic waste, but it helps to reduce your consumer footprint.

Don't Believe the Myths

The IT world is full of myths created by savvy salespeople to get you to purchase equipment you don't need at overinflated prices. You do not have to buy a new network every five years and refurbished equipment is not second- rate. 

When a qualified technician gets ahold of a server, laptop, or computer and they bring it back to manufacturing standards its as good as new.

That's why we are here to help. We want to make sure that businesses get more from their IT needs at a fraction of the cost. Our consultants are highly trained in how to help businesses get customized solutions for their server hardware needs. Just check out our website and let us know what you need. It's as simple as that.