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6 Things to Consider When Buying A Server For Your Business



Introduction:

 

Unless your company is quite small, it's likely that you currently employ a server. Even so, let's begin by going over the essentials to be ready for the eventuality that you require a new or replacement computer.

 

Most companies make use of servers. Why?

 

All users in your business can access shared resources and data on a server, which is essentially a shared computer. Many people utilize email, web hosting, and a central repository for files necessary for their daily work. It's difficult to imagine operating in the present business world without them because of how indispensable they are.

 

Put another way, a server for businesses is essentially necessary.

 

A server purchase (or replacement)

Periodically, you will need to compare prices for a new server, just like you would with any other equipment your company utilizes. It is far preferable to approach it with some knowledge when the time comes. That's where our assistance is needed.

 

The purpose of this tutorial is to assist you in considering the six essential elements that you must consider before investing in a server for your company. It's time to start looking for a server if you can respond to all six of these questions.


1. what is your budget?

 

Our first and most obvious tip is this one. Ascertain your financial situation. It will be more difficult to narrow the field if you have no idea how much you are willing to pay.

 

We also know that the field needs to be narrowed. Stronger, more capable servers can cost thousands of dollars per month (for on-site servers) or much more (for cloud servers), while smaller, lighter servers can start at just a few hundred dollars.

 

Question #2 may seem more obvious, but resist the urge to skip it. It's only what you can afford that matters. Avoid going overboard on a server when there may have been a better option within your real budget.

 

2. What activities is the server going to undertake?

 

Do not forget that a server is merely a distinct type of computer. Storage space, transmission speed, RAM, and processor power are all important factors. When choosing a server, you must consider how you want to use it.

We recommend looking at Newegg's excellent server buying guide, as there are numerous applications for SMB servers. In particular, look down to "How to pick the right server for the job." Specs for many kinds of server tasks are included in their constantly updated guide.

 

3. In the cloud or on site?

 

There are benefits and drawbacks to both cloud and on-site servers.

 

Like any hardware, on-site servers have a limited lifespan and need to be set up, maintained, and kept in an area with restricted access. However, if your company is subject to regulatory restrictions, they're also quite secure and frequently simpler to configure.

 

The ability to access cloud servers from anywhere makes them convenient. It's surprising how safe they are, and they're also fairly quick, with someone else handling the physical security and upkeep. If compliance is an issue, you'll need to exercise extra caution, as file transfer speeds from the cloud will be slower.

 

 

4. Prefabricated or built to order?

 

Preconfigured servers are virtually plug-and-play ready. However, make sure you read the fine print. They might not be entirely functional straight out of the package. Many people are put off by the lack of options for personalizing a prefab server.

 

You can choose exactly what you want from custom servers, and accurate performance is guaranteed. However, their assembly and formatting also require additional work. If you want to take this course, you'll probably require expert assistance.

 

5. Security—what about it?

 

For all businesses, even SMBs, cybersecurity is a critical concern. Storing all of your data in one spot and leaving it vulnerable to assault is not something you can afford to do. Thus, you should consider the security features of your server.

 

 When using a cloud server, make sure to inquire frequently about the degree of security that the supplier is willing to offer. If you choose to go with an on-site server, we strongly advise consulting with a cybersecurity professional to ensure that all aspects of protection—from software-based safeguards to physical security—are of the highest caliber.

 

 6. How will your server be maintained?

 

How you'll maintain your server is the last, but not least, issue.

 

A cloud server might need maintenance from you as well, as you are already aware. On-site servers need to be maintained. It's possible that the cloud server provider will handle some maintenance, but don't assume that they will handle everything. You should speak with an IT support specialist to make sure all of your bases are covered. We apologize if this sounds like a broken record.

 

Conclusion

 

For both your clients and your business as a whole, your server is indispensable. Before you go out and buy the first sparkling, reasonably priced item you come across, make sure you give this some serious thought. Please do not hesitate to contact your managed IT services provider for assistance if you are feeling a little lost.

 

Do you have any specific questions about the consideration of buying a server for your business that might be right for you? We would be really happy to help you explore your options!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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