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How long (yrs) would you keep a brand New DELL PowerEdge server before replacing it?  Is their a tool that can be used to predict the MTBF?


well, depending on what the server is used for, but general file server, 3-4 years...And no there is no reliable way to tell what any MTBF is in any electronic device.  


We shoot for a 5 year life span.  That is when we begin planning on retiring it (some servers may stay online longer, depending on how motivated we are about migrating it).


Thanks for your 2 cents.  
The server is a file server, sql server, internal DNS, has  external DLT tape backup drive, and Domain controller  in one. over 3 yrs old since it was staged and put into production. there's a backup machine with same specs but that's also about the same age as the production machine.  Do you usually lease servers or own?

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