How to choose the right server for your business

A server can help a business stay organised, efficient and even to accelerate workload performance. There are a wide variety of servers available, all of them highly configurable.

Choosing the right server depends in large measure on the applications you intend to run on it. If all you need is file sharing, automated client backup, and light-duty remote access for PCs (ten or fewer users), consider an entry-level server in a tower configuration. Although a small server might looks very similar to a high-end desktop PC, these machines are designed for very different tasks. Here are some models suitable for your home or small office:

DELL PowerEdge T20

Lenovo ThinkServer TS140

HP Enterprise ProLiant MicroServer Gen8

If your business has more than ten employees using computers, if you need to operate an email or print server, manage a complex database, or run sophisticated server-based applications (such as customer relationship management software or Enterprise Risk Management), or if you have very large storage requirements, you’ll need a more powerful option such as a tower, rack, or blade server.  It’s also important to have in mind that your business doesn’t want to be replacing its server in the short-term, so a level of expansion is highly recommended. This will usually mean using hard drives that can be upgraded as your server requires more memory.  Here are some suggestions for business with more than ten employees:

Lenovo ThinkServer TS440 70AN

HP Enterprise ProLiant ML350 Gen9

HP Enterprise ProLiant BL460c Gen9

Based on what are your business needs, you’ll be able to narrow your search for a server to options that provide the specific functionality you require. But if you have any questions or need any help to choose the right server for your needs, don’t hesitate to contact us via or (01) 460 6038. We would love to help!

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