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Guide to Buying Used Servers

If your business has grown to a point where it needs its own server, you’ll fast become aware of the high prices associated with server hardware. There are ways in which you can cut your costs without losing the quality you require, through a careful process of buying used servers. With the help of experts in used and refurbished servers, your company can make the right choices now that will stand you in good stead for years to come without costing an initial outlay that could potentially harm cashflow and the strides of your growing business. Here, we take a look at a few tips for buying used servers for your business.

There is a growing, and already quite huge, market for used servers and it can be quite daunting to know exactly where to begin your search. This is where it pays to look for companies specialising in server refurbishment or the sale of used servers to help you know exactly what you should be looking for and for what price. When it comes to buying used servers you might see the term ‘server platform/barebone’. This is often describing a case with a motherboard, as even VRMs are removed from old servers before the sale process begins. If you are buying a barebone server you will need the components already, otherwise it makes business sense to purchase an assembled server that has already been refurbished.

There are a few different servers that you can choose from, with brands that you might recognise the name of and others that can be brought to your attention by the specialist advice on offer. HP is one of the most popular in both the primary and secondary server market in terms of sales, whilst you will also discover IBM and Lenovo offering great reliability and Dell, amongst others.

Look out for the power supply on the server, as this can often be the most expensive component should you be purchasing components separately and not buying a fully refurbished server. If a basic server does not have two or more fault-tolerant power supplies, or the fan breaks and it overheats, you will need to find a replacement part of replace the entire server in future, so be careful at this stage. Similarly, when discussing the processor, it is better to have a server configuration that has two processors instead of one. There are many different aspects to buying a new server, and these are just the first few pointers to look out for.

It helps to have a basic understanding of what you are looking for when seeking to purchase a used server for your business. There are plenty of options out there however, and having professional, specialist server assistance will go a long way to ensuring that you do not spend too much money where you can buy the same standard and quality at a price that works for your business needs and budgets. Always speak to a server refurbishment company with the expertise to offer you full advice and guidance before you make a decision.

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