How does a server help you?

What Role Does a Server Play in an organization?

One essential component of today’s business is a reliable and purpose-driven server. A server will perform many roles within the company, such as hosting files, coordinating printing, hosting email, providing security and access control for network resources, or hosting database services, among other things. A server is vital to an efficient organization, as it is the backbone for all applications and technology services.

How people are getting around a server (Desktop)

In smaller organizations, a dedicated server will be substituted with a desktop and a user uses for daily tasks.  While this desktop performs as a substitute for a server, it should not be considered a replacement for a true, dedicated server.  First, the desktop is not designed with redundancy or speed in mind.  Second, desktop software or operating systems are not optimized to allow multiple users to easily access resources. “Servers” such as this are servers in name only.

What Constitutes a proper Server?

A server is typically a single purpose, high performance, specialized computer.  It is built to be redundant and fast.  It is common for a server to have multiple processors and large amounts of memory.  Additionally, the disk drives are configured in a redundant way to minimize data loss in the event of a disk failure.

Why is a server necessary?

Servers allow companies to consolidate and centralize data.  This allows the resources and data to be easily managed and maintained.  Data can be backed up and restored more quickly when the data is not scattered around the entire network.  Consolidating security credentials to a centralized repository allows user access to be easily managed.  Servers greatly increase the efficient of IT operations and provide a more consistent environment for users.  A server will increase uptime and greatly reduce data loss.

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