Purchasing a new server, or any new computer equipment, can be a large investment. You need to consider all the variables to ensure you are getting the greatest return on your investment. Every business is different and when it comes to your new server purchase you should look at the variables of your business before investing in one.
What changes are you looking for?
There has to be a reason you are looking to upgrade your current server, what is the reason? The first step is deciding what it really is that you are looking for. Some companies upgrade because they are looking to fully centralize all of the files and information with their new server. Other businesses are upgrading their server because they need more space as their company continues its growth.
Many businesses plan to grow, and this plays a large part in running a business. You need to be sure when upgrading your server that it will be able to handle either your planned growth or the potential growth of your business. You want to ensure that you will be able to get the largest return on your server and a large factor on that will be the time you are able to use it.
Do you have room for a new server? If you previously had a server will your new server be installed at the same location? Your server needs to be in a room where it will be able to perform at its maximum level. The room should maintain a comfortable temperature and needs to have free air flow around the server, preferably on a server rack.
The budget your company has set aside will obviously play a role in what option you can choose. This is an investment and you want to make sure your business will get the most out of it. If you have a smaller budget that may mean getting less space now, but you will want the ability to add on later. Also remember that there are backend costs, so what looks the least expensive at first may not always be after you include back end fees.