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What To Know Before Selecting A Server
Category : IT Infrastructure Setup 18 Jun 2009 10:25 AM
What To Know Before Selecting A Server
Answering a question such as "what to know before selecting a server" to some extent depends on the expertise and existing server knowledge of the person who will be responsible for buying it. Whilst many larger businesses and companies will already have their own in-house IT Departments, to determine the functions of and set the specifications for a new server, not all businesses and companies are so well provided for internally. So, one of the most important things to know before selecting a server is where to find trustworthy and reliable expertise to advise you on the type of server, or servers, that you require.
Hardware and selecting a server.
The same as with even an ordinary PC there are three key points to consider when selecting a new server, these are of course; the processor, the size of the main memory and the storage capacity of the hard-disks. It is also true that the same as if you were to go out to buy a PC, it is rather futile specifying what those things should be at this time, as hardware and minimum recommendations are constantly changing. Whilst you will quite naturally want the best possible hardware in the server you buy, that doesn't necessarily mean that you need the very latest or most expensive. This is where talking to an established and reputable 'server' supplier, like Dual Layer IT Solutions, will help you to ensure that the server you buy will be appropriate to the job you need it to do now and that it will be 'future-proofed', by easily being upgraded.
Software and selecting a server.
Dependant on the purpose for buying a new server you will have a choice of several operating systems to install on it. Your server supplier will be able to recommend server software and licenses to you, if you don't already have that expertise within your business/company. Furthermore, in the event of needing advice on this matter you would be advised to seek a company that can also offer you technical support on both hardware and software aspects of the server, if not outsourcing the IT management of the server to the supplying company completely. Apart from the usual 'big' players in server software such as MS, IBM and Sun - there are many excellent 'Open Source' options available to you as well.
Protecting the data on your server.
Presuming you've gone out and bought your new server and it's up and running, have you thought about how you're going to protect the precious data that it is storing? Protecting the data on your server goes a lot further than having anti-virus protection and backing up your data at the end of each day. You need to ask yourself questions such as:
  • Do you want to prevent unauthorized staff from copying any of your data?
  • Is your server secure from the threat of external theft of your data?
  • How quickly could you replace the server in the event of a disaster occurring to it?
  • Do you have you got a disaster recovery procedure?
It is questions like those that the established and reliable IT service providers like Dual Layer IT Solutions, can both advise and help you on. One last point on protecting your data - if you needed to recover your data from a back-up, how much would it cost you in lost business whilst your server was down? If that has important consequences for you or your business, you might well need a server with RAID technology to always keep your data 'live'.