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Server computers are a type of computer that is designed to provide services to other computers. They act as a hub that stores and manages data, applications, and other resources. Server computers are essential to many businesses, as they are the backbone of many computer networks. Choosing the equipment you use for your network’s servers is one of the key decisions you’ll make when you set up a network.
How to choose a server computer
Choosing the right server computer for your business needs can be an overwhelming task. It’s important to consider several factors, such as the size of your business, the type of applications you need to run, and the level of performance you require. Additionally, you’ll need to factor in the cost of the server, as well as its energy efficiency. With so many options available, it can be difficult to know where to start.
Here are some general things to keep in mind when picking a server computer for your network:
Scalability: Scalability refers to the ability to increase the size and capacity of the server computer without unreasonable hassle. It’s a major mistake to purchase a server computer that just meets your current needs because, you can rest assured, your needs will double within a year. If at all possible, equip your servers with far more disk space, RAM, and processor power than you currently need.
Reliability: The old adage “you get what you pay for” applies especially well to server computers. Why spend $10,000 on a server computer when you can buy one with seemingly similar specifications at a discount electronics store for $2,000?
One reason is reliability. When a client computer fails, only the person who uses that computer is affected. When a server fails, however, everyone on the network is affected. The less-expensive computer is probably made of inferior components that are more likely to fail.
Availability: This concept of availability is closely related to reliability. When a server computer fails, how long does it take to correct the problem and get the server up and running again?
Server computers are designed so their components can be easily diagnosed and replaced, which minimizes the downtime that results when a component fails. In some servers, components are hot swappable, which means that certain components can be replaced without shutting down the server. Some servers are designed to be fault-tolerant so that they can continue to operate even if a major component fails.
Service and support: Service and support are factors often overlooked when picking computers. If a component in a server computer fails, do you have someone on site qualified to repair the broken computer? If not, you should get an on-site maintenance contract for the computer.
Don’t settle for a maintenance contract that requires you to take the computer in to a repair shop or, worse, mail it to a repair facility. You can’t afford to be without your server that long.