Servers and storage

If your business is growing, or your current IT is just growing a bit old, it may be time to consider some new kit. Give us a call to talk through your options or get a quote for installing your new hardware.

 

What is a server?

A server is an additional computer on your network which provides resources for your normal PCs. This might mean it handles your email, or your printers, or is where you store all your data – or all of those things. A server can also helps centralise the management of your PCs, saving you time and effort in the long run.

 

Do I need a server?

If you only have two or three computers, you probably don't need a server.

If your business has grown, you have staff who share or swap desks, or you are constantly finding you need to ask someone to turn on their PC so you can use the printer or so you can get at a file you saved on it, then a server would make your life easier and simpler.


Benefits you get from a server include:

  • Enhanced control of your documents and data. For example, you can control who has access to which files.
  • Improved security and reliability. A server is designed to run for longer than a standard PC and generally include higher quality components, so is less prone to crashing (many companies have servers which have run for years without being switched off or re-started).
  • Improved backup. If all your files are stored on one computer, it's easier to ensure they're always backed up properly.
  • You can keep your own email on a server, meaning you have complete control over it, which brings a number of benefits, and in some cases may be a regulatory requirement.
  • You can even have your own private set of webpages – pages which can only be seen by your employees. Even something as simple as an electronic information board, which can be seen by everyone (perhaps in different offices), can radically improve the dissemination of information – and improve your company's efficiency.

 

Sounds good. But horribly expensive.

Not necessarily. Servers vary in cost considerably, from around £600 upwards. This would be a worthwhile investment even if it only means your current PCs last a little longer; by providing additional reliability and durability, it comes to look like an investment you cannot refuse.