What are the things you need to know before purchasing servers?
Whether you own a small business or large corporation, you will always need a safe and the right place to store all your important and valuable business data.
Buying a network server is certainly a huge investment. So buff up your server knowledge and choose the one that best suits your needs. Here are a few things to consider before purchasing a server:
As you know, servers are not cheap. They might cost you tens of thousands of Ringgits, depending on the specs or model. That’s why budget should be a major consideration. Once you’ve worked out your budget, you can make your decision based on brand, size and warranty details.
Do you know that servers come in different shapes and sizes? There are 3 major types of servers:
Rack Servers: Designed to be installed in a rack with multiple bays
Tower Servers: Standalone; look like a tower PC
Blade Servers: Typically thinner; able to minimize physical space required (though they have some disadvantages such as limited capacity)
As far as space is concerned, you need to make sure that you have sufficient space left in your rack. Remember 2U and 4U servers require more rack space than a 1U server does. Same thing applies to other types of servers; you need to ensure that you have space left in the blade server chassis.
Data storage certainly is another major factor when buying a server. Different servers have varying storage capacities. There are however, some major exceptions although most of the servers on the market allow the use of two internal hard drives.
Still, for data storage, it depends heavily on the size of your business. For large business, you could opt for a server with more storage than what you currently require. For small business, consider a server with less storage capacity.
NOTE: The server you purchase should have at least 30% more space than your current needs to support future growth.
When buying a server, it’s easy to miss out on the network connectivity issue because every server on the market includes built-in networking. If your intention is to make the server act as a cluster node or as a virtualization host server, network connectivity will be even more important.
In this case, they would require more network adapters than a stand-alone server. Thus it’s important to make sure they have the capacities to accommodate shall additional network adapters are needed.
Technical assistance must be available whenever server issues (such as server crashes) arise. That’s why it’s strongly recommended to place your trust in the company that offers reliable and 24/7 technical support. So talk to them before choosing your server and make sure they support the server brand you’re choosing.
Last but not least, experience and expertise in server management is also something you should look into when considering a server hosting provider.
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