Dell Server Lifespan Whitepaper

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Dell Server Lifespan Whitepaper

  • My company has two Dell Servers in use.  I don't have the models handy at this time.  Is there a whitepaper on the expected lifespan or projected MTBF for Dell servers?

     

     

  • I have never seen such a document on Dell's site.

    If you're wondering how long you can use a server, for full production I'd recommend that the server be under warranty (Dell offers up to 5 years from the original date of purchase last I checked). If it becomes less critical, warranty is less critical.

    There are quite a few posts on these boards from people working with 5-10 year old servers and trying to set them up for home use or less critical setups, so judging from that the Dell servers seem to last a while, but there will obviously be some parts that fail faster/sooner than others. Harddrives for instance tend to fail sooner as they have a lot of moving parts (other than fans and maybe a cdrom there usually are no other moving parts in a server).

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  •  "expected lifespan or projected MTBF for Dell servers?"

    expected life span or MTBF are discussions in theory, there is no useful info anywhere which will give you a realistic time frame of a servers life (with the exception of NASA concerning the computers which power the Shuttle). Servers are much like the human body, they can go a minute after power on or  last >17 years, all Dependant on which part dies first. MTBF, if you can find one, is basically useless, only giving a relative idea of the quality of the parts involved over a very short period of testing. Why do you think there are few references to MTBF anymore....just an industry ploy which helped sales for a while...guess the ploy surpassed it MTBF.