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Why Do Servers Need More Memory As Time Goes On?

Have you ever noticed how a server tends to slow down over time? No, this isn’t simply your server getting old and tired. This is often caused by the same server needing more and more memory (RAM) as time passes. There are good reasons why this happens, and ways to minimize the effects. Here are a few common reasons why a server requires more memory as time goes on.


Software Updates

As software advances and improves, it is often the case that additional physical resources are needed. This is not only true for applications such as Microsoft Office and QuickBooks, but also for Windows itself. Companies like Microsoft are constantly creating updates with security patches and additional features. When this happens the updated software requires more system resources such as memory (RAM), CPU (processor) power, and storage space.


Number of Concurrent Users

On Remote Desktop servers (formerly called Terminal Servers), multiple users are logged in simultaneously. Each of these user sessions requires its own memory to run applications such as Outlook, Excel, etc. Adding additional users to a Remote Desktop server will require additional system memory on that server.


Running Databases on a Server

Database engines such as Microsoft SQL Server will often utilize as much system resources as it can utilize with little concern for anything else running on the same server. This is also the case when running Microsoft Exchange. In both cases, the software can be tuned to only use a set amount of memory, instead of taking whatever it wants.


What to Do About It

A server’s typical life span is 4-6 years. By taking a few steps, you can help get the most return on your investment. Running regular maintenance and auditing of your servers can help make sure they are healthy and continue to run fast. On servers maintenance should be performed regularly, and audits should be performed multiple times per year. This can be performed by your own IT staff. If you don’t have IT staff to handle these kinds of tasks, feel free to contact me or my company (shameless plug).

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Robert Borges

About Robert...

I have been in the IT industry since 1993 focusing mainly in networking. Though I got an early start as an amateur computer enthusiast, and wrote my first database app at age 12, I started my professional career working in the MIS department of one of the largest liquor distributors in the northeast. I started out there as a systems operator on the company’s two mainframe systems. From there I moved into PC support, and help design and implement the company’s first client-server network… This was back in the days of Win NT 3.51. I also worked on my first migration to NT 4.0 back then.

From there I went on to work with Novell 3.x and 4.x along with Windows domains and active directory environments. Working my way up from technician, to specialist, to administrator, and eventually all the way up to Sr. Engineer. I spent many years working for consulting firms, 9 of which I owned and operated my own firm.
Over the years, I have worked with (at an expert level) various versions of: Windows client and server operating systems (including Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016); various virtualization technologies (Hyper-V, VMware, etc.); MS-SQL server 6.5- 2014 R2; Exchange 4-2016, and much more.

I am now vCIO at Spade Technology, Inc. focusing on Information Technology strategy including: cloud computing, IT Infrastructure & Architecture, IT Security, and Cloud Computing platforms & technologies (SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS).

Outside of my day job, I serve as president of the board of Boston User Groups, Inc., as well as IT-Pro User Group. In 2017/2018 Microsoft awarded me the Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) Award, with a focus of Microsoft Azure cloud, for my efforts in the IT community.

I am in a constant state of learning about new products, and new versions of products. Many of which we end up implementing in lab environments and sometimes for our clients. I have a very broad range of expertise and experience. It is my goal to share some of this experience on this blog to help enrich the IT community.

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