Servers enable the software that will help your business grow and your team to be more productive, but what are features you should look for? Here is a list of things to keep in mind.
Towers and Racks
If you want to invest in a few pieces of business technology like network switches and storage, then then you'll have to choose between a tower or a rack-mounted server. Towers resemble big desktop PCs, while rack-mounted servers are held by a couple of screws and a mounting system in a regular computer rack.
For startups, a tower is a less costly option as you can probably get away with non-rack-mounted network and storage equipment. But if you see that your business is growing, a rack-mounted server is an ideal choice as it will consume less space and can be kept in a secure rack.
One of the differences between servers and regular computers is that many of parts are made to be taken out and replaced without having to turn the server off and interrupt your business operations. The key components that are replaced are disk drives and power supplies. They are called "hot swappable" components. While you replace these parts, the server that is made with multiple hard drives are configured so that data is automatically replicated to multiple places. If one drive fails, your data is safe on another.
Likewise, having many power supplies means that if one power supply does not work, the load can be carried by the second one. A hot-swappable component means you can replace an inferior unit with a decent one without affecting operations.
Tips for Buying a Server
Find a trusted brand name that harnesses reliable hardware
Most brands have warranties, online support, and service agreements. While some people may hope they won't need them, it's good to know that there are conditions for service and replaceable components if necessary
As your organization grows, you might be expected to expand your network. That said, you need to figure out how flexible the products are and if they can offer more productivity grow for your business.
Another thing you should figure out is how your new server will integrate with the PC’s existing hardware, software, and much more. With that, you may need to invest more than you thought you would initially. It is best to know the things that will help your business grow now, instead of finding out later that what you expected to perform well is not doing well because of insufficient hardware.
Aside from these, here are other things to keep in mind.
- Create a list of what you will need to run on the server.
- Check the operating system, storage, memory and processor for each application. Choose which hypervisor will work best for your environment
- Come up with a solution that will alleviate the risk of bringing your business operations to a halt due to a single component failure.
- Ask hardware suppliers what is the best match of hardware and software for your budget.