No matter if you identify as more of a hoarder or you have no problem throwing out something you haven’t used in two months, spring-cleaning brings outthe best in all of us.

It’s a time to clean out the garage and look forward to the warm weather ahead. As the birds are chirping overhead after a long day of sifting through trash and treasures, you let out a sigh of relief that your job is complete. That is until you realize that you want this feeling to last longer.

Janet Runberg over at Hewlett Packard Entperise got us thinking about spring cleaning and we asked ourselves, “What about my IT infrastructure? How can I do some spring-cleaning there?”

As systems have been updated throughout the year and new investments in technology are on the horizon for this year’s budget, it’s as important to keep your IT environment clean as it is to keep it up-to-date. Here’s how: 

1. Don’t Worry, Savers. You Don’t Have to Call the Garbage Man Just Yet

There are so many pieces of advice out there about when to throw things out. For clothing, some fashion experts say if you haven’t worn it in a year toss it.

Others say you should do a closet audit every season, removing fall clothes you didn’t wear before winter and unworn winter sweaters before spring. But what about the risks? What if you get rid of something you need later?

For aging technologies that may have been replaced, when do you make the call to dispose of it?

Because the risks of decommissioning a legacy system could outweigh the benefits, we suggest hanging on to the old equipment in your data center. Believe it or not, even in a hyper-converged system upgrade, there may be workloads that cannot go virtual. In those cases, you'll be happy you kept some physical systems around.

2. Let. It. Go.

When replacing one server at a time, keeping the old one around for a little longer may provide some overlap or insurance. But if you are in a position where you are replacing all of you data center equipment, completely removing the outdated technology might be the way to go.

This is especially the case if you are facing reduced space constraints. With the move to hyper-converged systems, where you’re packaging everything you need into a single chassis virtualized environment, out with the old and in with the new makes the most sense.

3. The Middle Ground

Think of a car purchase or another major investment where some take the policy of one-in one-out. Even if there are two drivers in the household, the cost of keeping multiple cars, housing multiple cars, servicing multiple cars still might not make sense.

If you are replacing legacy systems with an open solution model, adding it the existing environment as needed works best. Like buying a new car, you just replace the old one with a new one when it is not a feasible option anymore. 

4. Who Says It’s Not Easy Being Green?

From reusable bags to bans on bottled water, repurposing today’s goods for tomorrow and being environmentally friendly is all the rage.

By optimizing your infrastructure with a system that can co-exist within your existing infrastructure, it’s possible to create a better system without “throwing away” anything.

 Repurposing an original investment can be the best of both worlds: you aren’t throwing it away and you aren’t letting it sit there for a “just in case” scenario… you are using it in a new way that integrates better within your environment.

Investing in a scalable platform adds longevity without losing the capability to expand later.

In an all integrated, hyper-converged approach where you no longer break out individual pieces of the environment, it’s important to have a plan in place for everything in the environment.

With spring cleaning in the air, now’s the time to make the plan. Speak to an IT Partner Community representative today and get in touch with an Hewlett Packard Enterprise business partner to discuss potential solutions for your IT department. 

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