“If you need a machine and don’t buy it, then you will ultimately find that you have paid for it and don’t have it.” – Henry Ford

Henry knew a thing or two about industrial automation, and keeping the Ford production lines humming. He knew from experience that if we really need something, and put off acquiring it, we’ll regret it later. The cost saved temporarily, will in the long run, be eclipsed by unforeseen costs we’ll incur as a result of our frugality. We’d have been much better off buying what we really needed, when we needed it.

We can see this in information processing. It’s pretty easy to spec out a server that will run your application, get a few bids on that equipment, and go with the lowest bidder. But a low initial cost won’t factor in the cost of lost productivity when the system goes down unexpectedly, or the need to replace that lowest cost equipment too frequently after it is first installed – or the loss of customer confidence, cost of penalties, etc. The wise play is to thoroughly analyze the needs of your business, and specify equipment that will provide the best long-term return on your investment. Making sure that the true total cost of ownership is understood leads to optimum decisions.

For 37 years, Stratus has been providing our customers continuous, uninterrupted data processing, no matter what. Stratus’ ftServers and V-Series systems use a unique deployment of fully redundant system components so that any failure, anywhere in the system, is ridden through, with no loss of system availability, processing, or perhaps most important of all, data. Better still is that this inherently redundant approach also results in a compute server that is utterly simple to set up, manage, maintain and service. Any users with business applications that can’t tolerate unexpected downtime should be looking at a Stratus system to prevent crises before they occur. Especially now, with the release of VMware’s vSphere 6.5 for Stratus’ newest 9th generation ftServer, featuring the latest in Intel® Xeon® processing to handle more compute workload than ever. Learn more about ftServer for VMware here.