What is a Server?

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At its core, a server is a pc running an application that accepts requests and responds to those requests. You can make any computer a server, by making it a server designated computer. These servers can serve an individual or private group of people, but you wouldn't want to use them for business purposes. For work, productivity capability, storage, and bandwidth you want a machine that is built to be a server from the beginning.

Servers

Businesses and heavy users looking for more security are going to want servers that match their needs. These servers are generally built with extras that a standard computer isn't built with. They are deliberately suited to production environments with increased RAM, more storage capacity, faster CPU's, and multiple hard drives. They also include better security features.

There are many designations possible for servers. They can handle file, mail, databases, gaming, printing, VoIP and Internet accessible materials, websites, blogs, and much more. Each server can be set up to handle any one of those specific tasks. One such server type is called a managed dedicated server.

Managed Dedicated Servers

The managed dedicated server is set up for a specific company to handle the needs of that company. It can be a server at the company itself, or a dedicated machine run and maintained in a data centre. Typically an IT firm will put together packages based on what that company's needs and requirements.

They often have a set of options that are standard to every package they offer. Then they add services based on specific needs. They also offer bundles that include different levels of bandwidth options to fit specific company needs.

Some things that typically come standard with any server package is some sort of RMM or remote monitoring and maintenance. Servers run 24/7/365 and it is important that they are monitored and maintained. Hosting companies can turn the server over to your care, or they can handle everything for you. This includes all maintenance and management of the server. You can add to that services covering daily care, fixes, patches, and upgrades when needed.

A quick internet search and review of websites will give much insight into the many choices of hosting companies, server types, specific services, and bundle costs. But if you are doing business you are going to want choices that offer privacy and protections that are not available with free hosting or information sharing sites. When it comes to having a company "host" your server and therfore your company data you will want to do your due diligence! References and a proven track record are a must. The phrase "you get what you pay for" will almost certainly apply.

You may even decide that you want to manage your own dedicated server. Some of the big names in small business servers are Fujitsu Primergy, Dell PowerEdge, Hewlett Packard G6/G7 ML, IBM System X, and Apple's MacPro. There are also many Linux servers available as well. Whether you want to manage your own servers, outsource to an IT firm or have a company fully host and manage, may come down to what your budget will allow. Choose the best server package in your price-range, as long as it will accomodate your business needs and provide some room for growth. You can contact us for rates and more information about servers to suit your business needs.