|When does your business need to add a server?|
• Are you using two or more computers?
• Do you find your computers are getting slower and slower?
• Do you and your employees share files and information through email?
• Do you have any employees running specialty software?
• Has back-up become a necessity?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you should strongly consider
the benefits a server can provide. If you currently connect on a peer-to-peer network,
you might see some problems with resource sharing and lost data due to viruses or
spyware, or you may even experience intermittent internet problems. Any one of these
can affect how your small business performs.
What is the difference between a desktop and a server?
A common misconception is that there is little
difference between a server and a desktop
which could not be further from the truth.
A desktop or client system is optimized to run a single
user operating system, store your files and run your
applications and other tasks. It may have a similar
processor speed, memory and capacity, but it is not a
replacement for a server. A server is engineered to
manage, store, send and process data 24x7 for every
day of the year. They might come with more than one
processor enabling them to process data faster and
more efficiently and host software applications under
heavy demand and without interruption. Servers also
use a different operating system from a traditional
desktop, and they are designed to be used by
Because the demands placed on servers are so high, the hardware must be very reliable and durable. Dell meets
down. Other major differences are the hard drives; servers will incorporate faster drives with higher capacities
as well as larger fans to help remove heat and uninterruptable power supplies to continue functioning even if
the power fails. Servers also offer scalability to grow with your business needs.
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How can a server help your business?
There are many benefits to obtaining a server, but the
largest benefits for a small business all relate to value,
performance and security.
• Value. An entry-level server is not more much more
expensive than a regular desktop, but it is designed to
do a better job of supplying your business connection
and meeting your data management needs.
• Performance. You will see an improvement in
performance and reliability with the Intel® Xeon®
Processor. You will also see better memory and
hard drive capacities from hardware designed to
have low failure rates.
• Security. A big risk for any small business owner is
a virus, spyware and spam. A server can house
security software centrally, deploying to each
workstation on your network. It can also run network
virus scans, patch software and get virus updates in
the background leaving critical work uninterrupted.
• Peace of mind. As a small business owner, it is
critical to back-up your data on a regular basis. A
server can automatically back up your clients, so
you will never lose critical data if a machine fails,
is lost or stolen.
|Server vs. Cloud|
When it comes to expanding, small businesses have options. Should you invest in a server or move
to the cloud? The answer lies largely in what your needs are and how comfortable you are with
both technologies. One advantage of moving to the cloud is that there are no upfront costs, however
when you consider monthly billing charges for cloud services over the space of two or five years,
they seem less attractive. Consider also the necessities of maintenance: with a server, you will have
to manage maintenance and any upgrades either through IT Services or your own technical abilities.
A cloud provider will maintain any hardware components, generally without any disruption to you.
Both options allow for scalability. One other consideration is control. With a dedicated server, you
will house all assets and maintain control over who can access it and when. With a cloud provider,
your assets are maintained within the service and you have similar accessibility and control. However,
your cloud provider must be stable and reliable. If they encounter problems, your service could be
affected. A dedicated server will affect you the same way, but you will maintain control over how
to manage the problem.
The best solution is the one that works for your small business.
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