Buying A Business Server And The Factors To Consider

There are many brands of server available for the modern business and as well as deciding whether you need a full application server or a more basic Network Attached Storage (NAS) server, you will also need to consider redundancy, the total amount of storage that is available, and even the physical size of the server, as well as whether you have the in-house expertise to deal with administrative and support tasks or if you will need to outsource this area of network administration.

Storage

One of the main functions of a business server is as a central location for storing files, although it can be used to store any data, which can even include software and applications, website and email files. Depending on the setup you buy, there will usually be room to expand your server so that it can store more data in the future, if needed, but this may not always be the case, and it may not be practical if you have to keep buying additional storage. Ensure that the server you buy offers ample storage, and allows room for growth in the future.

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Form

Servers were once huge beasts that required massive server rooms. While storing a server or bank of servers in its own room, as well as their own cabinet, can still prove beneficial for security and for atmospheric control, the size of the modern server is certainly a lot smaller and more convenient. There are also different physical configurations and layouts available to choose from, so opt for one that will fit in the location that you have put aside for server storage.

Software

While NAS servers are used primarily for storing and offering access to data, application servers provide many other functions. This isn’t to say that you can’t install software on a NAS server, but it will usually require some effort and expertise to achieve the desired results. If you are looking to offer central access to applications and software, ensure that all elements of your network are compatible.

Expertise Required

The complexity and type of server, as well as the drivers and software that are installed on it, will demand the level of expertise that is required to install, run, and maintain the server. While everything is going smoothly, a server is easy to maintain, but this won’t always be the case, and if you do not have in-house expertise, then do remember that you will need to outsource these requirements.

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Persian Gulf (March 22, 2006) – Information Systems Technician 1st Class Chris Hedger inspects the internal components of a computer during Information Security (INFOSEC) training aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76 Reagan and embarked Carrier Air Wing One Four (CVW-14) are currently on a deployment conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in support of the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Christopher D. Blachly (RELEASED)

Redundancy

Redundancy is especially important if your server will have a mission-critical purpose. Having two power supplies, a redundant set of memory, and other redundant features means that if one power supply goes down, or if one storage block goes down, you can still continue to use the server and access the data while the primary server components are being repaired.

6 Ways Your Small Business Will Benefit from a Company Website

The internet has changed the way consumers interact with businesses. Rather than visiting a storefront to search for goods and services, people are now able to do this with the click of a mouse. With this in mind, it is now more important than ever for small businesses to have a user-friendly, efficient website. Here are 6 ways that your small business can benefit from having a professionally designed company website:

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7 Rookie Legal Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make (And How to Avoid Them)

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On this Cyber Monday, I wanted to share an important article from my dear friend and trusted IP lawyer Rachel Rodgers. Having been in business for 18 years, and worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs, I have either lived through or seen just about every mistake you can make in business. The legal mistakes can be especially egregious, and costly.

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