All You Need to Know About Servers

All You Need to Know About Servers

Servers are an incredibly important part of a business’s technology infrastructure. They house all the important files, applications, documents, websites and more, and they allow employees to access company files remotely when working from home. As working from home is becoming ever more prominent, being able to access servers remotely is important.

They are the paramount feature of all IT within a business, which is why choosing the right one is so important. We will talk you through the different steps you should think about when buying a server to suit you and your business.

What is a server?

In simple terms, a server is a computer that provides a service to another computer and its user. It is the system that receives requests for web files and sends those files to the ‘client’. The client is a device that requests these files.

Features of servers

Dual processor:

This means that the system has two separate processors. This allows for instructions and information to be sent through both processors and allows computers to perform and lot quicker and more efficiently.

Redundancy:

When saving files, they are saved to more than one location. This is incredibly important as it means that, if for any reason the server goes down, the files are stored in another location so that information is not lost, and you can still access it.

Hot-swappable components:

These mean that components within a server can be swapped. If your server loses power or has a storage failure, you can swap components while your computer is still in operation.

Scalable:

Servers can be added to as your business and needs grow.

 

What to consider when investing in a server

Physical or cloud based?

One of the first things you should consider is whether you need a physical server or if a cloud-based solution will do. This often depends on how much space you have on site. If you have lots of free space in your office, you may be able to have a physical server, but if not, a cloud-based one may be best.

However, there are limitations with cloud-based servers. They are great for smaller start up companies, but as the company and headcount grows, the cost will too.

 

Form factor

There are three different physical types of server. The form factor is determined by the server case, but you will find the same components on the inside of each of the models.

  • Tower: A tower server looks like a PC tower. The difference being that they have server components inside. They offer lots of processing power so are good for a first purchase, however, once you start needing more, they take up a lot more space than the next to types of server.
  • Rack: Rack servers are installed onto a rack chassis. The chassis can hold multiple servers, one of top of the other, so it is a good option if you require more than one server and need to fit them into a smaller space.
  • Blade: Blade servers also require a chassis. They take up even less space than rack servers. The downside with this kind of server is that cooling them is a challenge.

 

Why are servers important?

Accessibility:

Servers allow for people who work remotely to access all require information. As the pandemic hit the UK, the number of people now working from home or remotely has sky rocketed. It is therefore incredibly important that employees are able to access information from any location at any time, whilst keeping the information safe. Servers use tools which ensure that information is encrypted making it safe for people to download the files.

Security:

Having a server means that your information is accessible from all computers within your business. So if a computer fails or breaks, the information is not lost and you can access it by logging in to a different PC. By using a server, you can also control who has access to which files within the business.

Reliable:

A lot of servers now come with a redundant power supply which means that even if your business experiences a loss of power, the server will still run. Therefore, no data will be lost and data will still be able to be backed up, even whilst power is down.

Growth of business:

Due to the different types of servers and the scalability, they allow growth within the company. If you see the company expanding, you can change the type of server you have, or simply add more computers to your current server.

 

Conclusion

Servers are very important components of a business’s IT infrastructure and bring lots of benefits to an organisation. Choosing the right one is also important and is dependent on various factors. If you are unsure of what server you might need for yourself or for your business, here at Servers and Spares, we have a sales team with vast product knowledge who can help find the perfect server for you. Just give us a call! 0113 8805 440.