Life expectancy of a Dedicated Server

What is the life expectancy of a Dedicated Server in a hosting company?
Laxmi SharmaDigital Marketer & BloggerAsked:
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Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software EngineerCommented:
Do you mean how long the hardware lasts before it's replaced, or how long it lasts before it fails, or how long the companies normally stay in business ... or something else entirely?

They are usually replaced long before failure because (a) something cheaper to run becomes available or (b) Windows n+1 comes along and won't run on the existing hardware.

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Dr. Klahn pretty much rolled everything up though
or (b) Windows n+1 comes along and won't run on the existing hardware
does make Linux a more viable option IMO ;)

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Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software EngineerCommented:
No further input from requester.  Points split among participants.
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