When You Need a Server

Implementing a network and server isn’t easy or inexpensive. However, the benefits you gain far outweigh the costs.

Do you have more than 4 employees that use computers?

You should have a server if you do.

It is surprising how many companies do not implement a client/server based networks. Many businesses just continued adding workstations to their old peer-to-peer network. A Peer-to-peer network doesn’t provide much in the way of security and resource sharing. They often have problems accessing workstations and lose data due to viruses or spyware; they may also experience intermittent Internet problems. PCs networked in a peer-to-peer fashion are adequate when you only have a few users on the network, but once you have more than 4 concurrent users on your network, it’s time to consider investing in a network server.

A server is different than a typical PC. A desktop system is designed to run a user-friendly operating system, desktop applications, and other desktop oriented functions. Even if the desktop had similar processors, memory and storage, it not the same as a real server. They are designed for different purposes.

Unlike large corporations, many small businesses don’t have the IT department or the deep pockets necessary to maintain a complex IT infrastructure. Implementing network servers doesn’t have to be overly expensive or complex for you to benefit from them.

24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year, servers are engineered to manage, store, send and process data. A server needs to be far more reliable than a similar configured desktop. Servers offer a variety of features not typically found in a desktop PC.

Some of the more important server functions are the following:

Centralized Backup

Increased reliability

Centralized data storage and shared resources

File and Network security

Anti-virus management

Say your system is down, or you need a component, fast. If you call an IT company that understands your equipment and your network, you’ll get up and running quickly at the best possible price.

Servers may have:

More than one processor

Redundant hard drives or power supplies

Components that are hot swappable

Ability to be scalable

Ability to process data faster and more efficiently

Servers are the unsung heroes of the corporate computing environment, working behind the scenes to help get the maximum benefit from the personal computers that people use every day. Before investing in server hardware, you need to consider applications, storage, processor, form factor, and more to help you choose wisely.

Written By: Scott Fluty, CEO

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