In modern business surely the cloud is all you need? Or is it? Perhaps you need to ask yourself, does your business need a server instead?
Servers play a crucial role in any commercial setup. As your business grows, it can become harder to manage the various aspects of your business. A server provides you with a central place where resources can be stored, organised and shared, from data to printers and other hardware devices.
What is a server?
A server is quite simply a more powerful computer than your average desktop or laptop. It needs to be because it’s handling much heavier duties than the average PC. Not only is it storing and sharing data across your business, it needs to be capable of running multi-user applications in parallel.
Your server will sit between the router and the rest of your network, which enables it to not simply serve the needs of those in the office, but also give your workforce secure access to key resources, whether they are on the road or working from another location.
The benefits of a server
Keeping everything centralised gives you more control over how your business – including its data – is handled. It’s easier to keep track of files and helps prevent data fragmentation, which happens when people work on separate, multiple copies of the same file. Servers also simplify the process of sharing tools, devices, settings and files – particularly if you’re spread over multiple locations.
Servers are designed for remote administration, so configuration and troubleshooting can often be handled without having to physically access the server or an employee’s computer. And speaking of employees, servers excel in multi-user setups, whereby each person has their own customised access to your business’s resources, ensuring they have what they need and no access to what they don’t. Multi-user setups are also handy if you need to share desks or office space – users simply sign into a computer to access their personalised setup, including apps and data.