With highly compatible enterprise-class servers at the foundation of your IT infrastructure strategy, you can integrate with your cloud of choice, deploy and move workloads where you want — on-prem or in the cloud. Develop an approachable, low-risk path that doesn’t disrupt existing IT infrastructure, yet paves the way for innovation. In this article, we take a look at the ins and outs of enterprise server solutions for your business.
An Enterprise Server is a computer that stores programs serving the collective needs of an enterprise rather than a single user or department. Historically, mainframe-sized computers have functioned as enterprise servers (although they were not referred to as servers until recently). As these computers have become smaller, faster and able to manage the same enterprise-scale software assets, they have become known as enterprise servers.
An enterprise server can refer to both the computer hardware and its main software, the operating system. Some companies use the term “enterprise server” to describe a “super program” that runs under a computer’s operating system and provides services for the system administrator, business applications and more specialised servers that run in the computer. Previously, such services were sometimes considered part of the operating system itself or came in separate software packages.
The benefits of operating enterprise server solutions include:
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Enterprise server solutions for your business can increase proficiency and productivity, showing an increase in ROI. It can be used to host a diverse variety of services and applications for accomplishing business goals.
Business servers can be used for:
A small business server can power all these services and more. A powerful server can support all of them simultaneously, although there are benefits to splitting functionality between several smaller servers, rather than putting all your eggs in one basket.
Servers are at the core of any company’s IT infrastructure and choosing the right servers for a business can be a complex experience. The wrong decisions could lead to purchasing IT equipment not fit for purpose, or servers that are too powerful for actual business needs, ultimately wasting time and money.
Especially for smaller or expanding businesses, it can seem daunting with there being so many server types, components, and networking options out there. But with the right support and information, there are ways to smooth the process. When building or expanding your IT infrastructure, there are some key elements you can consider first that will allow you to choose the best options for your business needs.
Servers are vital to business performance as they provide a variety of services and allow colleagues to perform crucial tasks. The first step to building your IT infrastructure is understanding exactly what tasks need to be run on the server. Assess the above points and create a list of, not just current, but also future priorities. For example, if the company is expecting to double in the next 2 years, make sure this is considered. Management should know the company’s long-term business goals, so spending time with them to understand expansion goals is key to saving time down the line. Adding new servers to an in-house data centre can also get expensive very quickly.
Another key consideration when choosing the right server for your business is where the server is going to be situated. When considering this, it’s important that risks vs benefits vs costs are assessed.
If you plan on housing your server on the premises of your business, you need to ensure you have the correct level of expertise on-site and appropriate space. Servers can be noisy and can also present a security risk if not stored safely, so do consider whether the space you have available can suitably act as a server room/closet.
The types of tasks your business needs to fulfil will also determine the level of IT budget you need. Essentially, the more complex the tasks, the larger your budget needs to be. We can’t stress enough the importance of thinking carefully about long-term task requirements as the costs of adding additional servers to data centres can stack up very quickly.
If you’ve thoroughly assessed your budget, system requirements, long-term business objectives and locations, choosing the right physical server type should be the easy part!
A Tower Server does not look dissimilar to a regular desktop computer. Its upstanding build means they can stand alone and do not need to be positioned in a cabinet, so is a really good choice if you have no server room. Generally, Tower Servers are seen as the most cost-effective option as they do not require additional mounting hardware or specialist cooling equipment, and the servers themselves are generally less expensive than Blades or Racks.
Smaller businesses that don’t have a huge amount to spend on IT infrastructure tend to prefer Tower Servers as despite being the cheaper option, they still have plenty of processing power and can support virtualisation. A key thing to be wary of is the amount of space they might take up, especially if you decide to add more. If space does become an issue, a rack conversion kit can transform Tower Servers into Rack Servers which is a great way to save money upgrading.
Tarsus Distribution provides a wide range of server solutions for all purposes and organisations across South Africa and surrounding countries. We work closely with resellers to source and supply the best server solution for any purpose, drawing on our relationships with the world’s leading IT brands.
Servers are specialised computers that are dedicated to the management of network resources. A server enables the controlled facilitation and management of complex networks. No business that operates a network of computers and other devices should be without a server. The server is essentially the command centre of your IT infrastructure. For more information about our server solution partners, click here.