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Do I Need A Server For My Business?

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It is more common than ever for offices – especially for larger companies – to possess two different types of computers: a computer on which individuals perform their daily tasks and one centralized computer that stores the resources all other computers on the network can access. The second type of computer is known as a server, and its function is to hold the information that’s on all of the computers, allow and deny access of various files to appropriate parties, as well as to provide a high level of security for the company’s information. While servers are regarded as a must for most businesses, does yours need one? If you think it does, is an in-house server the way to go?

So what is a server?

In its most basic form, a server is a machine – either real or virtual – that serves data to and stores data from other computers and mobile devices across a Wide Area Network, Local Area Network, or a Wireless Network.

  • What are the three main kinds of servers?
  • File Servers – Offices use these servers to save, backup, and retrieve data.
  • Email Servers – People use these servers every day to send and receive their email.
  • Web Servers – Companies use these servers to serve web pages to the computers that request those pages over the internet or company intranet.

How does a server differ from a workstation?

  • Workstations are pieces of hardware that are designed to run an operating system that supports user-side software and applications. Servers are built with more ram, faster hard drives, redundancy, and reliability than workstations. Servers are intended to run 24/7/365 and are built to specifications to meet that always-on demand.

Can a workstation operate as a server?

  • There are many workstations that have the specifications needed to run server software and can function as a server. However, because the machine wasn’t built for this purpose, it’s a poor solution. Companies that are at the stage where a server would be helpful need to invest in a server instead of asking a workstation to do the difficult job of functioning at a higher level than it was designed to handle.

Why do I need a $3,000 server instead of just a $600 workstation acting as a server? What advantages does a server give my business?

  • A server allows for greater security.
  • A server provides capacity for easier workstation management.
  • A server allows you to run more powerful apps.
  • A server gives you more control with role-based access and updates pushed from the server out to the workstations.
  • A server allows you to use networked applications.
  • A server has more memory and computing power than a workstation computer.
  • A server improves your file sharing and data storage.
  • A server provides you with higher reliability.
  • A server allows you to use a centralized backup strategy.

How many employees should I have before I consider a server?

  • Generally, when your business hits seven full-time employees that use a computer all day – or the equivalent of seven full-time employees – it’s time to get a server. When you hit ten full-time employees or the equivalent, the advantages of having a server become even more significant.

Servers are more durable and powerful hardware than a workstation. Why? Because servers are purpose-built for their task. Servers have a better warranty than workstations and are less likely to fail. When they do fail, many have redundant hardware – such as power supply or hard drive – that allows them to retain the data you have entrusted to them and even keep functioning until repairs can be implemented.

Software is the other consideration. Regular workstations run Windows 10. Server operating systems allow you to run virtual machines and run the server as a Domain Controller, File Server, Print Server, etc. Domain Name Servers have the ability to create user’s set-up security access for files and folders – providing or restricting access to data as required.

Are you at a pivotal growth stage with your business and the supporting technology? 

We would like to help you and your business find a server solution that is right for you and your budget. Give us a call today, We provide IT Solutions to the Dothan Area and we are here to help!

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