Servers – Types and Functionality

Have you ever wanted to be able to access all of your important files, music, photos, and more from all computers in your home from one central server? The solution is to setup Server at your home or office.

A server acts as a central repository for programs and/or data, letting employees access those things from inexpensive clients (terminals or workstations) that have a minimal amount of hardware, or remotely via a secure connection. Most also come with print server capabilities that let you share one or more printers over the network.

Storage & Database Servers

Some servers are designed to store files or databases so employees can access and store them in a managed environment. Serving files or databases this way helps prevent issues with multiple versions being stored and modified on multiple computers, and it simplifies backup and security, as all that is handled on the server. Storage servers are constrained by capacity. Buy one that accommodates all your files but still has plenty of room for backup storage and future files. Getting an expandable storage server that lets you easily add drives later is also a good idea, and a good way to save money is to buy one equipped with only the storage you need and then add drives later. Hard drive prices drop considerably over time even as their performance and capacity increases, so you can save a lot of money by holding off on storage upgrades. Database servers are restricted mainly by the number of simultaneous requests for data they can handle. When shopping for one, be sure to buy a server robust enough to handle all our employees and with enough expansion capacity to accommodate the growth of your business.

Application Servers

In a business without a server, employees have their own computers and software must be licensed, installed, and updated on each individual machine. An application server streamlines that by hosting applications such as Microsoft Office on the server. Employees then connect to the server to launch the software. This can cut down dramatically on licensing fees; reduces employee workstation hardware requirements because the server does all the heavy lifting; and makes it much easier to update, configure, and secure applications. Application servers also help you save money when new programs come out that have relatively high system requirements. When this happens, you can upgrade the server to meet the requirements instead of upgrading multiple PCs.

Email, Web & FTP Servers

Managing all types of Internet access is crucial for all businesses, and it is difficult to restrict usage or stave off threats across multiple separate PCs. Instead, consider an email server that lets you centrally control and store all employee emails, or an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) server that lets emplo es remotely and securely access files from the road. Web servers also exist that let you host your own company Web site. Many small businesses find that it’s easier to engage a reputable Web hosting company (which is up to date on the latest security techniques) than to host a Web site. A Web host handles the nuts and bolts of Web hosting but lets you configure the site. You handle the parts that matter to you and leave the rest to the Web host.

 

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