[CentOS] 10 Year old IT Infrastructure

aurfalien at gmail.com aurfalien at gmail.com
Fri Oct 9 23:42:24 UTC 2009


Good one.

I run into very similar situations.

Focus purely on cash cost of maintenance of older stuff vs newer stuff.

Quote reputable sources like Gartner Group, etc...

Get a little familiar with ITIL in terms of like cycle.

Its very daunting to convince companies to spend money but if you  
frame your Power Point, Project presentations around road A costs this  
much, road B costs that much, you pick, then mebbe good things will  
happen.

Another thing my mom has instilled is that "you catch more bees with  
honey".

I have a tendency to sound like I am preaching and I am not, in fact  
my motto is "I dunno shizzle".

But I just want to emphasize the pain that I run into this all the  
time and some times succeed, I pretend to be a CFO/bean counter with  
the attitude "if it ain't broke, why replace it", which is valid if  
you think of it.

On Oct 9, 2009, at 3:29 PM, Shawn Everett wrote:

> Hi Guys,
>
> I have a client who hopes to keep their server another 5 years  
> making it
> 10 years old at that time.
>
> At this point there are no plans to add new infrastructure or a new  
> server
> to the mix.  Their business model is fairly static.
>
> I'd like to see them upgrade.  Can anyone suggest specific reasons why
> running a business on 10 year old equipment is a bad thing?
>
> Specific arguments I can think of would be:
> - Hard/Impossible to find replacement hardware
> - Lack of support for both H/W and S/W
> - Possibly unable to run current versions of CentOS
> - Higher probability of hardware failures over time
> - Performance bottlenecks
>
> Any other thoughts?
>
> Shawn
>
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