So your small company has outgrown its storage technology. Congratulations! Now, would you expand on the classic option of purchasing a server? Hmmmmm….
But before anything else comes into place, there are certain principles that would help you decide whether or not you’d actually need one and from there decide on which to choose!
Here are the 5 things that should be useful on your checklist, even when you’ve finally decided to use an IT Consultant’s service:
Supporting Multiple Users. Your company is more than 10 people, and collaboration among each other is getting more important than ever. Server is the centralized desktop systems, supporting shareable multiuser applications; calendar programs, databases, enterprise resource planning (ERP), and even customer relationship management (CRM), in comparison with a desktop/PC which is meant for one user and therefore, is user-friendly; its operating system is designed to run desktop applications such as a word processor, a spreadsheet, an email client, a Web browser.
Mobility and Decentralization. There are basically two general types of server; a network-based and cloud-based server. A network server includes the setting up of virtual private network (VPN) that allows remote access outside office and automatic backup of critical data. Cloud services such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft’s Windows Azure, and Rackspace Cloud Hosting, however, offers superior benefits; lower latency than the traditional network-based VPN as it is not dependent on the company’s ISP bandwidth bottleneck.
Security and Compliance. Compared to cloud servers, network servers offer the highest levels of security that you can get. Businesses in certain industries might not be able to implement the type of security that would allow for compliance with industry regulations. Network servers can be configured and protected with a variety of software and hardware solutions that are not easily available through the cloud.
Budgeting and Long-Term Costs. Significant amount of initial capital outlay, however, may pose a challenge when it comes to purchasing a network-based server when you operate a small to medium-size business. If your business does not have in-house team of Information Technology experts, it is advisable to use a cloud server. Not only that it has a low initial startup costs and subscription-based maintenance fee, cloud servers can be partially managed by the provider and often include simple administration tools and clients. However, the fluctuations based on usage may also be a cause of a higher long-term cost.
Customization. Designed to be reliable, secure, and fault-tolerant with redundant storage options, a server’s scalability allows it to expand and grow with your business. However, companies that need to customize the server software and hardware at a very granular level will be advised to use a network server. Vendors lock-in will make migrating away from a cloud server difficult. Abandoning the network server is also impractical. Before deciding on which, the long-term needs of the business must be closely evaluated.
Are you ready to choose your own server now?
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