The Use of Specialist Servers In the Workplace
No workplace is properly outfitted until they’ve had specialist servers installed. Servers are an incredibly important part to any business. Not only can they store tons of important data, but they also can be used for a number of other things, such as:
- Create domains for users
- Be the central hub of a network
- Can be used to hold OS images that can be used for POS (point of sale) consoles
Different Server Types
When shopping around for a server, it’s important to consider the different types that are available to you. The most common that are found in businesses include:
- File servers: enable the sharing and storage of data
- Print servers: allow businesses to share one printer amongst several different users
- Collaborative workspace servers: These allow for employees to easily share data
- Mail servers: These allow for staff to both move and store email
Different Server Brands
If you’re on the market for servers, then you’ve likely encountered a number of different brands. HP servers are among some of the most popular, as they tend to be some of the most reliable and best engineered servers on the market. HP produces ProLiant servers, which are known to be extremely flexible. They have single and dual socket capable systems, quad socket capable systems, and even eight socket capable systems.
Fujitsu servers are also common in the workplace. Their Prime quest line are known to be amongst the most reliable servers in the business, supporting several standard OS such as Microsoft, Linux, Red Hat and VMware.
The online availability of specialist servers is vast and can be a little overwhelming. Maybe a separate article about where it would be best to purchase any of these servers. But for this article, I’d just like to recommend the choice and range of servers from one site I found called Servers Plus. They seem great, but it’s obviously worthwhile shopping around.
Rack Servers Versus Tower Servers
Given that rack and tower servers are fairly similar from a functional standpoint, businesses often ask themselves which one is best for them. A tower server, as the name suggests, is taller and is built to resemble a “tower”. It is typically a stand-alone cabinet server. Rack servers, on the other hand, are “rack mounted”, meaning that several servers can then be placed into the slots that are on the rack. The key benefit here is that businesses can potentially save on space by using rack servers.
Another benefit is that the rack server configuration makes it much easier for computers to be connected into other network components. So if a primary server were to crash, if a computer is already connected to a secondary server, that secondary server can then immediately “step in” and will drive the network – and maintain your business operations – in an emergency situation. Wise Geek has some great info about rack servers if you’d like to read more.