Servers

From specifying an appropriate server for your network, to installing and supporting it aFinite can provide all the service and support your business needs.

There are several diffent types of server, but most fall into the following categories:

  • Microsoft Windows Server
  • Apple Mac OS X Server
  • Network Attached Storage (NAS) Appliance

Benefits of a Server

  • Centralised Administration

    Centralised user account administration giving the ability for your users to log securely into any computer on your network and access their files as appropriate as well as the ability to secure files and folders on the network.

  • File and Folder permissions

    The ability to secure files to individuals or groups of users which follow users around based upon their username and password, not based upon which machine they happen to be using.

  • Centralised deployment and management of software
  • If you have more than one site, files can be replicated to servers at each site providing distributed access to the files which can be backed up and secured through Windows Active Directory permissions.
  • Certain applications may require a server to run on providing database, file storage or a central location to access the data in an application from.

Sizing a Server

Sizing a server correctly for your needs is very important. Underspecifying a server can have a signficant impact as upgrading the server in future may require a completely new machine. We recommend choosing a server which will meet your needs for the next 3 years. If this means buying something slightly more expensive in the short term, it will only pay dividends in the future. Key features for any server are

  • Storage

    On board RAID capability, and support for at least 4 disk drives is really useful in the longer term.

    We would also recommend the use of enterprise class hard disks using Serial-Attached-SCSI Hard Disks as these provide much greater performance and reliability than Desktop standard SATA drives.

  • Manageability

    A true server will have built in remote and onboard management capabilities allowing administrators to monitor the state of components such as Disk array status, internal temperatures and the status of key components from RAM to power supplies.

Expansion

The ability to add an additional processor, network cards and drive cages are all key features a server should include.

Why not use the cloud?

There is a huge amount of hubris around the cloud and its benefits for companies of all sizes. For a balanced view, come and talk to aFinite. We offer Google Apps and Microsoft BPOS (Hosted Exchange and Office 365) as well as traditional internally hosted services. We believe it is important to understand both the risks and benefits of moving to the cloud. For genuine advice, come to the experts. Talk to aFinite.

Contact

Contact aFinite for server support, pre-sales, consultancy and to ensure you have the right server for your business.

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The Round Foundry Media Centre
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West Yorkshire
LS11 5QP
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