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Does my Business Need a Server?

If your business has more than 5 employees then you should be using a server network.

The majority of businesses never bother and instead they just continue adding on extra workstations which do not provide much in the way of security or resource sharing and as a result users often have problems accessing workstations, losing data or experiencing intermittent Internet problems.  The good news is that network servers don’t have to be overly expensive or complex for you to benefit from them.

So what is a Server?

Many people believe that a server is no different from a typical desktop PC.  This couldn't be further from the truth.  A desktop system is set up to run a user-friendly operating system, desktop applications, and other familiar tasks.  Even if the desktop had similar processor speeds, memory and storage capacity, it still isn't a replacement for a real server.

A server is there to manage, store, send and process data on a daily basis and they need to be far more reliable than an ordinary desktop.

What can a server do?

One of the most important roles of a server is network security.  By creating individual rights to the data stored on the network ensures users don’t access materials they shouldn't be viewing.  For example, the sales team doesn’t need access to employee personal records.

One of the greatest threats to your network is the possibility of infection from viruses.  Systems can be maintained individually but an anti-virus package that combines workstation and server virus protection into a single solution makes more sense.

All businesses should backup their data on a regular basis.  By having all of your business and employee data stored in one location, backups can be performed reliably and quickly.

If you would like more information about your business IT system, please do not hesitate to contact our IT Consultants on 01228 711888.

Posted: June 27th, 2012

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