Does your business need a server?
- Do two or more people use the same database?
- Would operations slow down or stop if one computer were to crash?
- Do employees need access to files outside of the office?
- Do you have more than five computers? Peer-to-peer networks tend to slow down when more than five computers are connected.
If you answered “yes” to any of these, it is time for a server.
Advantages of a server:
- Speed — It allows many users simultaneous data access without any decrease in network performance. A network will run faster as data and resources are handled by a dedicated machine. Better workflow will increase overall productivity.
- Security — Settings let you establish different access levels for employees, vendors or clients who access the network. It is easier to manage, exchange and share information between workstations.
- Backup — All data is stored centrally so it is easy to backup. This eliminates the need for employees to back up files on individual computers.
- Reliability — Servers are built to run 24/7/365. Multiple hard drives provide redundancy. If one hard drive fails the system does not shut down. Current estimates suggest that 80% of small businesses that suffer a serious computer failure cease operations within two years.
- Centralization — Maintaining control of document versions can be a cumbersome task. This results in wasted time and loss of credibility if the wrong version of a document is released. A server configured for centralized data storage makes it simple for coworkers to access documents and work together on projects.
- Scalability — Refers to how a system responds and performs as the number of users grows. You can upgrade a server or simply add another server when needed.
- Accessibility — A server can be accessed remotely and across multiple platforms.