You might believe that your Santa Fe or Albuquerque business has a server already. It may be the case that you are talking about the old tank of a PC back in the utility room or supply room. It’s not a good enough computer to use for day-to-day business; however, you have determined it does the trick for shared files and backups. That old tank of a PC is left on 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. However, you need to know in no uncertain terms: It is not a server.
A basic PC should not run 24/7, 365 days a year. The parts in this type of computer are normally not high grade, so eventually it will fail, and when it does, all the shared files on it and backups you’ve been running will be lost. It’s not set up to be redundant. This means if it does fail, documents and critical emails from clients will disappear and be lost forever.
A server is a computer designed and built for dependability and consistency. It can be left on 24/7, 365 days a year. It is built to perform, it operates several disk drives at the same time, it’s redundant, and parts can be changed out without turning it off. This cannot be done with your PC “server.” A server has sturdy reliable hardware, and it will be run with an operating system (OS) such as Microsoft Small Business Server, not Windows 10.
It may be the case that you realize your Santa Fe or Albuquerque business is not small and does require a server. Good for you! The fact of the matter is a server will improve your business efficiency, and if your company uses in excess of four PCs, you will realize an advantage by adding a server and setting up strong network.
Company Data Security
Using a server in your business establishes your business’s operations with a redundant system, a data recovery strategic plan, and a secure network for peer-to-peer interaction. A server will do the following for your business:
- Consolidate your storage and resources
- Increase your security and reliability
- Organize your email, contacts, calendars, and backups
- Manage viruses and spam.
Time will be saved and efficiency will improve with a server in place because data will be easier and more efficiently accessed, and faster. A server provides a central access point for file sharing with multiple devices and multiple employees. Client experiences and relationships will improve because your employees will be able to respond to them faster and more efficiently. Improved service for your customers means you’ll retain more customers, which in turn means your business will have a better bottom line.
Businesses with Servers in the Cloud Have Improved Business Focus
A server can be set up one of two ways: You can purchase one and install at your business, or you can set up your server or servers in the cloud.
The question is asked continually: Do we go with a cloud server or set up a server at our business? Here’s the simple answer: If you buy a server you will have to install it, manage the infrastructure of it, and maintain it. If you choose to go with a cloud server you are setting up your hardware like an employee who is a subcontractor working for you. You pay a monthly fee, but you’re not on the hook to install it, make sure it’s working, run air conditioning to keep it cool, or do the upkeep on your network. Companies that use cloud servers instead of servers at their business sites make more money. This is due to the fact that the business employees, meaning the owner and the staff, are able to concentrate on sales and not deal with computer storage, security, and server maintenance.
Deciding on a server for your Santa Fe or Albuquerque business requires special consideration and strategic planning for today and for the future. Call Crumbacher today to discuss the best server solution for your business. You can reach us in Santa Fe at 505-820-6007 and in Albuquerque at 505-275-6866.