Server Solutions

Businesses today rely on technology – it’s no longer a luxury but critical to the success of an organisations’ operations.

At the heart of this technology are servers. They are the foundation of a computer network.

Servers essentially serve your business – the single most significant component in a network solution is the implementation of a central server or servers. They provide the computing and processing power that drives the performance of your organisation, as well as a platform for virtualisation.

A server is a central repository for data storage including office documents, mail, databases and custom developed applications. Additional functions can be assigned to the server to further enhance network operations.

So if your server isn’t operating at peak performance – or not operating at all – your business won’t be maximising its potential.

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What makes a server a server?

On the surface, a traditional server can look very similar to a PC – they both have CPU’s, RAM and hard drives. PC’s are designed to run desktop applications but servers, however, are equipped to handle more powerful back end tasks which support those applications.

 

Server’s typically have:

Faster CPU's:

Server CPU’s generally have larger caches than those in PC’s. A cache is a dedicated pool of RAM that the CPU can use to store data which is requested frequently. The larger the cache, the faster the CPU appears as it can store more data for quick recall. CPU’s with multiple processing cores are also commonly used in servers, further enhancing the processing power of the machine.

Multiple hard drives:

Several drives configured as a single disk is known as Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks (RAID). RAID is used to protect against data loss – if one drive fails this does not mean that the data on that drive is lost as it is contained on the other drives. Different levels of RAID configuration are available.

Fast ECC Ram:

Error correcting memory

High performing hard drives:

Faster hard drives can deliver data more quickly and high performance hard drives such as SAS drives can be useful when running heavy duty applications

Hot swap hard drives:

Hot swappable drives allow for the replacement of hard drives without powering the server down or opening its case. If a hot swap drive fails, it can be removed from the server and replaced with a new one quickly and easily.

Redundant Power Supplies:

Two power supplies are better than one! If one power supply fails, the server can continue to operate by the remaining power supply.

 

 

Vendor Onsite Warranty:

Most importantly the server comes with a vendor supported onsite warranty to protect you when you need it most.