Small Business Network Server
OK, main player steps into the game – SERVER. It is the essential tool in modern business. There are many articles online that can help how to choose a server for small business. Cloud solutions are very interesting these days but here we’ll cover on-site (physical) SMB servers.
How to Choose Small Business Server – Buying Guide for 2018 and Beyond
Sometimes small server looks the same as a desktop computer. The desktop is designed to accomplish simple tasks like writing in Word, sending emails, Excel calculations and browsing the Internet. All this is done by user interface within the operating system.
The small server
, on the other hand, is developed to deal with more complex tasks. Some to name are database management, shared calendars, massaging, printer services, sharing folders and files, set VPN
and many other. Plus, they are more reliable compared to desktop computers.
So, don’t ask your self “Do I need a small business server”? The right question is “What kind or what type of SMB server my company needs”?
Cloud-based Server or Local Server
Cloud solutions are very popular, prices are going down and there is a lot of competition within the industry; we can say that we’ll get more for less money but if you run small or medium size business you can still be sure that on-site server will do the job perfectly. For less than $1,500 you can have a fantastic small server that can handle all your IT needs.
Make plans for the future. Choose the server that can be easily updated with more RAM memory, CPU
or additional high-capacity hard discs
. Additional questions here are software and OS cost, do you need internal optical drive, RAID controller, etc. The server needs to follow business growth so choose smartly.
What kind of server support you’ll get? Support is crucial when the server goes down for one or another reason. To prevent server issues, scheduled and preventive maintenance
and support are very important. Consider support cost as well.
Virtualization will eliminate the need for an additional physical server. To optimize workload of the server, using a virtualization software, you can create virtual servers by partitioning your physical server. Every virtual server can run different operating systems and applications. Does your server allow virtualization?