Should we buy a Server?

There comes a time that a business grows beyond the basic networking cababilities of Microsoft workgroup.

At the moment important files are distributed around several machines in the office with no structured control of location of data. This means that the back-up of the data is left to the vaguaries of individuals memory.

Even in-so-far as the current PC infrastructure may be set up to centralise data this relies on a manual process and is carried out onto a media that is prone to errors and that does not make success or failure evident until you need it in anger.

From a Disaster recovery perspective centralising the data with a server is a no brainer.

A server unlike a PC is designed with high availability in mind. (Designed to be left switched on and resilient enough to work through its life without being switched off) The specification includes items like redundant power supplies and network cards that automatically kick in to prevent a failure taking the system and your office down.

Probably most importantly though a Server has a redundancy built into its hard drives. This is commonly called RAID. There are numerous types of RAID Array but they all serve to maintain numerous copies of data to protect the business from the loss of an individual instance.

Outside this the server will also allow you to control your own mail service and wean yourself from the AOL (et el) hold on your business. The server will also allow you to control access to your data by defining and enforcing  security groups and policies restricting access to documents both to users inside and remote to your office.

In terms of remotely supporting your people in the field a server is an difficult to beat. Providing both mail services and file sharing wherever they may be. Mail services can also be set up to flow to Microsoft enabled Smartphones.

Then we start to talk about applications such as Sales Force Automation, CRM and also Accounts applications such as Sage. Really if you are going to grow your systems in these areas then a server is a prerequisite. Applications simply don’t share very well outside of a server operating system.

Whether you go with a server now or not IT Ambulance has skills in strategy and support that will benefit  any growing business.

Hardware is one of those expensive capital investments that most business’s try to avoid for as long as possible. However there is another way.

Leasing. We  would thoroughly recommend this to any business rather than using up capital. Servers come with a 3 year, 4 hour response warranty. Take a server on  a three year lease and you have a predictable monthly budget for your hardware investment.

In three years you own the equipment and can take it out of a front line role replacing it confidently using the monthly amount budgeted for the original hardware.

We would recommend budgeting all desktop and server infrastructure items like this. We like predictable affordable IT policy.

To find out more about how a server may assist your operation call 0800 0214 999.