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What Is Server Decommissioning? 3 Facts You Should Know

What Is Server Decommissioning? 3 Facts You Should Know
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Removing parts of your IT system and decommissioning servers can be intimidating, especially since doing it improperly can leave your system at risk for cyberattacks. But server decommissioning can be a much easier process with the right Managed IT Service Provider (MSP) and knowing the three facts we’ll outline in this article. Once you know all about why you need to decommission, check out our guide on how to nail the process

What Is Server Decommissioning?

Server decommissioning is the process of removing an outdated or malfunctioning server from your IT network. The decommissioning process usually takes place when a company needs to update its equipment or has decided to permanently close. Unfortunately, server decommissioning isn’t as simple as just turning off the power and unplugging the hardware. If you decommission improperly, you are at risk of causing damage to your network or losing important files. 

Improperly Disconnected Servers Leave Security Gaps in Your Network.

When decommissioning your server, you need to make sure any remnants of the server are removed from your system so that you don’t have any lingering security issues. Failing to do so can leave holes in your network security that hackers can use as a way into your system. If you are running a technology-dependent business, you are particularly vulnerable and should protect yourself by making sure there are no loose connections in your network.

During the decommissioning process, carefully check your firewalls, access control lists (ACLs), and subnets. It is possible to decommission a server yourself if you know how to do so, but it is always recommended to have experienced professional help with the process. 

It Takes Three Weeks or More to Decommission a Server.

Even for the simplest of networks, decommissioning your server could take two to three weeks. Having a longer timeline is always a better idea, especially if you’re moving to a brand-new server. If you’re upgrading to new equipment, getting a new server could take a few months with the current shortage of computer supplies.

If you are working with an MSP, you won’t need to worry too much about the technical part of decommissioning the server. However, it is good to be aware of how the process will go. First, your MSP will create a schedule of important milestones in the process. Then, all important data and license details should be backed up. After confirmation that everything is backed up, all information will be removed from the existing server, and it will then be taken off the network and unplugged.

It is a good idea to plan your server decommissioning around a time when things are more relaxed around your business. For instance, if you’re an accounting firm, don’t schedule your server decommissioning during tax season. Before you schedule your decommissioning, consider your schedule and equipment delivery times. 

Server Decommissioning Is Part of the IT Network Lifecycle

The most common reason you’ll need to decommission a server is for an equipment upgrade. Technology is always changing and, unfortunately, hardware doesn’t last forever. Because the efficiency and security of your business could be put in jeopardy, you should consider upgrading or decommissioning hardware when you notice signs that it is going out of date.

With the right support from an MSP, you can maintain your servers and try to get them to last more than the standard time frame of more than five to eight years. However, if your company has really old equipment, it makes more sense and can be more cost-effective to decommission a server rather than upgrade it. 

When to Use an MSP

If your business doesn’t have a dedicated IT team and doesn’t have the budget to hire one, you should consider using an MSP for your server decommissioning. The process is reliant on having someone involved with extensive knowledge of how to manage an IT infrastructure in order to prevent costly mistakes and interrupted business continuity.

Using an MSP can save you money on the upfront cost it takes to develop your own in-house IT infrastructure. Additionally, MSPs can often find ways to save you money on other services and software you use in your business. If you’ve experienced a cyberattack before, you sure understand the value of having an MSP for support. 

Exit Technologies – The Right MSP for the Job

If you need to upgrade your servers, don’t go through the decommissioning process alone. Exit Technologies is a highly experienced MSP and can provide all the support you need for a safe and successful decommissioning. Contact us today to schedule a free informational call.

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