Many small business owners think they do not need a server. Investing in a server may not seem necessary, but the benefits gained far outweigh the cost. In most cases, a server is not just beneficial but necessary for business. Increased file/network security, centralized backup, virus management, centralized data storage/shared resources, and increased reliability are just some of the reasons you need a server in place and how it will be benefit your business.
Do you need a server if a typical desktop PC meets the system requirements to run the server operating system? Simply put, a PC is not built to perform the tasks that a server does. A server is designed to process, store, and manage data 24×7, 365 days a year. Most servers are capable of dual processors, scalable to meet future needs, hot swappable components, have redundant hard drives or power supplies, and process data faster.
Now that you know what a server is made of, here are some of the more important benefits of having a server in your business.
- File and Network security. The most important reason of why you need a server is being able to secure your network. Having a server allows you to create individual user accounts as well as group accounts. From there you can give file access to the specific users that need it. This will prevent unauthorized access to sensitive data such as employee HR records.
- Increased reliability. Servers are designed to be reliable and minimize interruptions to normal operations. Equipping your server with components like a secondary power supply or redundant hard drive array will prevent interruptions to your business operations. Servers typically have multiple hard drives setup in an array to prevent workflow interruptions and data loss. These hard drives are usually hot swappable which means the hard drives can be replaced while the server remains operational, in contrast with having a single drive failure take your entire system down. This eliminates the need to interrupt the entire office just to replace a hard drive. If an employee’s computer fails, they can instantly continue working on the shared files from another computer. Server warranty options include same day service with parts to help minimize down time in the event of a critical failure.
- Centralize data storage and shared resources. A server makes it possible for a business to collaboratively work on files stored on the server. Businesses are able to increase efficiency and decrease costs by making resources like printers available to all employees instead of providing each employee a printer.
- Centralized Backup. Having a centralized backup is key to prevent data loss. If a computer has a hardware failure or gets compromised with a virus, you do not have to worry about data loss and costly downtime. Getting a Cryptolocker type virus is a good example of how important having backups on your server is.
So, how do you decide which server is right for your business? Sierra Computer Group can help, with years of experience and partnerships with all of the major brands, a server recommendation from Sierra Computer Group will be based on your specific business needs. As a part of Sierra Computer Group managed services, our technology experts create an IT road-map for your business. Click or call today to schedule a free consultation.