Servers are the heart of a business' IT network. Containing important data that is distributed to users in house, or streamed to business partners or customers over the Internet, a server is the most valuable piece of IT equipment that many businesses own. Consequently, businesses must choose server solutions carefully, by paying special attention to the needs of the IT network as they select a certain type of hardware. If a business is considering which server solution to use, but there are questions about particular types of solutions, or how to implement them, the answers below will help.
Should an IT consultant help a business choose a server solution?
If a business has an IT department, it may not need a consultant to assist in choosing a server. If the assistance of a consultant is needed, using amanaged services provider that specializes in deploying servers is an excellent option.
If several servers are needed, what model of server should be used?
When businesses need multiple server units, they often choose rack-mounted models or blade models. Both models allow users to combine several units into a small footprint. Blade models and rack-mounted models are also valuable for the scalability that they offer. For example, when a business uses blade models, it can scale up by adding another unit to an empty slot in the chassis.
Should maintaining a legacy system be considered?
Many businesses choose to maintain a legacy system instead investing money in new hardware. If the business uses expensive hardware, but is trying to cut IT costs, then maintaining a legacy system could be the right option. The key is to predict whether legacy server solutions are capable of meeting the businesses foreseeable IT needs. Amanaged services provider helps business predict their IT needs.
Should renting or leasing servers be considered?
Renting or leasing servers may be an excellent option for several reasons. For one, if the business uses cloud computing to store data offsite, owning hardware to store the data onsite may be unnecessary. In addition, renting or leasing hardware is often less expensive than owning it. The user does not pay to purchase the hardware or maintain it. Renting or leasing also protects businesses from owning hardware that soon fails to meet IT needs.
Is it important to use a well-known brand of server?
Although some consultants recommend investing in a lesser-known brand of server to save money, investing in a well-known brand such as IBM is typically considered the best option. When a well-known brand of hardware experiences problems, the problems become widely known. This motivates the manufacturer to produce quality, problem-free equipment to avoid negative exposure.
Evaluating hardware solutions often involves asking questions about the type of hardware that should be implemented, whether the customer should seek the assistance of amanaged services provider before implementing it, and whether the hardware should be purchased, leased, or forwarded. For more information about implementing business servers, contact a provider of server solutions for entry-class, mid-class, and enterprise-class IT environments.