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Servers are no longer the domain of big businesses and complex IT teams. Servers are now an efficient, cost effective and secure way to manage any small businesses IT department.

Ranging from small teams of two or three people to medium and large enterprises of over a hundred users, servers are helpful additions to manage the crucial arm of IT.

 

Servers are a fantastic way to help make your business more efficient, secure and safe.

Your server is the central point from which a number of people can access data. This means your precious information and data can be monitored and kept secure internally.

Having a server in your business means you can offer simple back-ups, plan for disaster recovery and centralise all your IT management.

 

What is a Server?

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A server is a computer or computer program that acts as a platform for sharing data, programs or applications.

A server is accessed via your network, which means it can be used from both inside and outside (remote access) a business.

 

Does My Business Need a Server?

Most businesses using more than one computer will benefit from having a server. For businesses with multiple employees, servers allow easy file-sharing, remote access, safer storage and much more security.

With a server, data and resources can be easily shared between colleagues. Severs are perfect for teams working on shared projects or with remote and mobile workers who need access to files outside the office.

Internally, your business can be managed from one central location rather than a number of isolated PCs.

 

How is a Server Useful to a Small Company?

Servers are no longer just for big companies with hundreds of users. A server can be a fantastic way for small businesses with one or two people to stay connected, secure and safe.

By adding a server to your business, you no longer have to depend on physically logging into information on a single personal computer.

A server centrally backs up information, which can save time, prevent data loss, and even if a disaster strikes an individual computer, your information is still safe and accessible.

 

So Why Should I Spend Money Buying a Server?

Although there is an initial outlay on the server unit itself, a server can cut a number of running costs in a small business.

Having a single, centralised access point for data and information makes it easy to find the correct information quickly efficiently, saving time and resources.

As hardware is managed centrally, servers also enable the use of far fewer printers, resulting in lower hardware costs.

 

Won’t it be Difficult to Manage?

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Servers allow a business to centralise their IT management.

This saves time by managing your devices through a single IT dashboard specifically designed to simply handle common tasks and IT issues before they occur.

A server allows you to centrally monitor software, antivirus, and backups are active and up to date across the whole business.

You can also control who has access to which documents, depending on their security credentials.

 

Why are Servers More Secure?

Data within a server is securely stored and access to the network, as well as specific documents and applications, can be strictly controlled through a centralised administrator.

Servers reduce the need to have duplicate documents sent between colleagues

A server also allows anti-virus software and firewalls to be individually managed, keeping your key data safe.

With an administrator controlling access to the network via passwords and logins, security breaches are much less likely to occur, which is crucial for businesses working with sensitive information.

 

Working on the Move?

If you find yourself away from the office or have remote workers, servers act as a communication bridge to access key information.

You no longer need to miss an important event or meeting out of the office, just to wait for an email or access resources.

 

What Software do I Need?

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Windows offer three software packages in the Windows Server Range depending on your business needs, these are: Essentials, Standard, Datacentre.

Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials is the ideal first server for small businesses with up to 25 users. It has simplified management tools and easy file sharing. It also includes PC backup and optional connection to Office 365.

 

Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard is designed for physical or minimally virtualised environments. It has a simplified management console and clustering included. The standard package allows for Virtualisation, meaning you can run up to two ‘virtual machines’ on up to two CPUs.

Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter is designed for highly virtualised environments. Administrators can run unlimited Windows Server virtual machines on a single server.

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For more detailed information on servers, check out the Ebuyer Server Guide.

 

 

11 COMMENTS

  1. I have been down the server route and even for a few years hosted my own website on a shoe string but I established that the cost of the server and the software installed cost alot of money where as I could have just paid for hosting and let someone else worry about if something goes wrong. Its the case that most well know hosting providers have procedures in place that, should anything go wrong, they can swap out a server relatively quickly. The cost of hosting is also so cheap from the likes of raidhost.co.uk or godaddy.co.uk which have methods of 24/7 support. I now use a hp microserver and have reused windows server 2008 and primarily now use the server as an internal file storage which is great. The HP microservers, which you can buy on ebuyer.co.uk, off a good bit of kit at a great price. You could also install many free alternative operating systems to keep cost down like ubuntu server edition.

  2. Seems to be a thinly disguised advert for Microsoft.

    Linux reigns supreme in the server domain and will save a business oodles of cash.

  3. I’m glad to see that the posts above are pro Linux: In the server space, nothing can touch it. A few years ago I was dealing with Microsoft and a colleague of mine misspelt an email address to one of the M$ high-ups which of course bounced. The interesting thing about the bounce was that it revealed that good old M$ was running a Linux mail server rather than scaling one of its own products.

    I always expected Linux to take over the world of computers eventually and in the high end server space it already has. The surprise of the last few years has been Android and Chrome, which are both Linux based, doing so well as I expected the desktop space to fall first with the likes of Ubuntu and Linux Mint being so good, totally free and providing almost all of the software for free too. I suppose that the downside of everything being for free is that it doesn’t leave much in the kitty for a marketing budget!

  4. From my vantage point, Microsoft is a minor player in the server market. Linux is the server OS of choice. Red Hat Enterprise or SUSE seem to have taken over from the vendor specifics AIX, HPUX etc., due to licensing costs (the reduction of ~) . I’m setting up a new server at home and I’m going for CentOS having tried OpenSUSE.

  5. Surely what is described as “a server” is just a powerful desktop, usually with RAID? I have two dual processor “servers” that I use as desktops. The oldest one was bought for £25 on eBay (without OS or disks).

  6. Wow, there’s a lot of hate for Microsoft around here. How on earth is a small business owner, who has no idea of computers ever going to install and successfully use Linux on a server. 2012 Essentials all the way! It even links with Office365!

  7. Why on earth is this focused on Windows server, when it’s a poor excuse for a real server based on Linux. Unless as Richard Mullens said, “Seems to be a thinly disguised advert for Microsoft.”.

    No one with any knowledge would commission a Windows server, when you can have Linux for free (or with a paid for support contract) that is substantially cheaper than Windows, infinitely more secure and is so much faster.

    As yourselves, why do Google, Facebook et al, not to mention the worlds fastest super computers use Linux?

    Please, don’t insult our intelligence.

  8. I have to say, Windows on a small server is still a great choice. Not every company wants, nor needs, Linux or and *nix OS. For starters most want something that is easy to use, that matches what they do everyday. If they have a windows desktop, then a windows server is more familiar than the cli, or kde/gnome/another desktop of Linux.

    Now dont get me wrong, I’ve been a SysAdmin for Linux clusters, and Windows Servers, there are pros and cons of each. But for Joe Blogs, in his office, a small server running Windows is the best path.

    @Paul I dont see anything that suggests they are insulting our intelligence, just they are catering to their customers needs.

  9. My there is indeed a lot of MS hate going on here and for the most part they are completely missing the point. MS completely dominates the Server OS market for small and medium business, Linux has an almost irrelevant market share. It does so because only an MS server offers the tools required to setup, administer and secure a network of Windows PC’s.
    With the release of SAMBA 4, Linux can now finally start looking at offering a viable alternative to Windows Server and Active Directory but there is not currently a genuinely stable and reliable distribution delivering on what SAMBA 4 promises. Zentyal and UCS are two that are working on such things but their implementations are far from feature complete and probably always will be. Like it or not Windows Server today is an incredibly powerful and stable platform used by most SMB’s that run Windows desktops.
    This is not to say Linux is bad, it enjoys a strong position in roles such as HTTP server, routing, storage, cloud & embedded devices. It simply doesn’t currently have the tools needed by SMB’s for the role of a primary server, due in no small part to the fact these required proprietary MS technology. Its time may come but its not here yet, of course secondary server roles such as internal webservers, databases, file shares etc can quite happily run on Linux and save you a fair bit of money in the process and will even happily authenticate against Windows Server.
    Of course if you don’t require central authentication, group policies, deployment, Exchange and update management then a simple Linux server running the services of your choice will do you just fine. It certainly does me… YMMV

  10. The reason this company only talks of Widows Servers, is because they want to sell them. It cannot sell Linux, so doesn’t talk about it.

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