Every experienced runner knows that there’s a cost in waiting to replace worn shoes. They’ve got 300 KM on them, but still, they lace up, they have a heel and a toe. What’s the worry? Then, not long afterwards there’s an impact on speed, output, even pain that leads to injuries that can take months to heal. At this point, you know it absolutely: the equipment is past its prime and you’re paying the price.
IT professionals know the analogy holds true when it comes to server technology. In short: old hardware comes with a cost.
Some can be difficult to quantify. There’s the hours of waiting for applications to load, impacting productivity; there’s the fact that older servers are more susceptible to malfunction and require more maintenance. At the same time, it becomes harder and harder to source staff with the skill sets for maintaining older equipment and software. Finally, the fact that once the equipment is outside the warranty period, you’re essentially playing Russian roulette with the tech that’s foundational to your business.
Other costs associated with out-dated systems are far easier to quantify. They come in the form of vulnerabilities that leave you open to cyber criminals.
According to an April report on cybersecurity from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canadian businesses are spending more than $3B a year on detection, containment, fixes, fines and lost business.
The average cost of a data breach to an effected Canadian company is pegged at about $6M.
At the risk of stating the obvious, that kind of cost is revenue negative. Yet despite the data, the warnings, the headlines (from small business Cate Machine and Welding, to Sony, Bell and Yahoo) that illustrate the frequency of cybercrime, many organizations are still resisting the investment in prevention.
And as a result – as recent events illustrate – security breaches can predicate the kind of injuries that take months to heal. The culprit? Out-dated, unsupported technology rendering businesses at risk.
When WannaCry hit in May with thousands of infections in 100 countries, Microsoft was forced to take the unusual step of issuing a fix for versions of Windows that it’d already retired. According to Microsoft, as late as 2015, more than 380,000 Canadian servers were running Windows Server 2003. Prior to the retiring deadline, the Government of Canada issued a public safety warning.
Of those servers running an out-dated OS, 80,000 were operating in large business settings and the remainder, small and medium businesses. Arguably, the impact of a cyber breach could be worse for the latter because instead of using servers for siloed purposes, they use them as the hub of their business.
Public Safety Canada’s number one recommendation for mitigating strategies to protect your company from cybercrime is address operating system vulnerabilities.
There’s an investment required, no doubt. But keeping out-of-date, unsupported servers might turn out to be a high a price to pay for your business.
We wouldn’t run a car with an antiquated engine. Why would we do it with the IT engines of our companies?
When you’re ready to make the switch to new servers and OS ecosystems, ROOT’s server colocation services can help keep your costs in line.
Based in Montreal, we’re able to leverage the lowest power rates in eastern North America. Our Power Usage Effectiveness is a market-leading 1.17, reflecting the naturally cool climate of Montreal where we can optimize free climate-based cooling 90 per cent of the year. This significantly lowers the power usage, and, together with affordable energy, can effectively lower the total costs for our customers by as much as 20 per cent.
Finally, from 20 cabinets in less than 24 hours to large-scale multi-megawatt deployments in as few as 90 days, our industry-leading rapid deployment speed means the downtime is kept to a minimum. We can get your business back online and in the game quickly – running like a champion.
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