Spiceworks, an online community of IT professionals, has released their 2019 State of Servers report that examines on-site server infrastructure in the workplace. This includes purchase plans, brand prevalence, and market perceptions. The survey, which was conducted in February, included 530 IT buyers from organizations across North America and Europe. Results showed about 98 percent of businesses are currently running on-premise servers, and 75 percent of these businesses plan to purchase new server hardware within the next three to five years.
“While many workloads are shifting to the cloud, on-premises server hardware continues to be vital to the workplace, and the vast majority of businesses plan to buy servers for the foreseeable future, even if they’re also taking advantage of the cloud,” said Peter Tsai, senior technology analyst at Spiceworks in a statement. “Additionally, thanks to competition in the market, businesses can expect continued advancements and access to a wealth of server infrastructure and component options.”
One of the biggest factors pushing the hardware refresh is the fact that Microsoft Server 2008 is reaching end-of-life due to Microsoft ending all support for the operating system in January 2020. In fact, nearly one-third of organizations surveyed said Server 2008 is the sole reason behind the reason for purchasing new server hardware. For large enterprises (having 1,000 or more employees), 68 percent said they plan on purchasing new servers within the next 12 years, compared to 34 percent of mid-sized companies (100 to 999 employees). Enterprises are more likely to purchase new servers on a scheduled corporate technology replacement policy, while small businesses are more likely to wait to replace until hardware failure. This is not all too surprising since small businesses are more likely to be cash-constrained.
This shows that despite the growth of cloud adoption, on-site servers and other hardware equipment is still a necessity for enterprises. In many cases, even small businesses can still benefit from having an on-premise server. The good news is that because many server functions can be moved to the cloud, local server hardware even for larger companies doesn’t need to be as robust or expensive as it has in the past.
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