5 tips for choosing the perfect server for your business

 

We found this resource by HPE (Hewlett Packard Enterprises) and we thought it would be a crime not to share it will our viewers.

Every single business on the planet has data and it's super important to make sure it is protected it. We look after all of our clients' important information and we do so by using awesome, kick-ass servers.

If you're not one of our clients and you don't have everything backed up on an awesome kick-ass server or you don't know what makes a server awesome and kick-ass then this article below will help you find the right one.

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You’ve noticed your server has been acting up recently. Things aren’t running quite as smoothly as before. In fact, you’ve had to reboot it often, but it’s only several years old. What’s going on?

A lot has changed in the past few years. Our applications, our internet browsers, and the data we exchange with one another… everything is so media-rich and that takes up a lot of system resources. Applications are constantly modified to take full advantage of the operating systems and utilities that support them, and many of these upgrades are relying on new hardware features. Yesterday’s systems weren’t built to handle today’s demands. It really is time for an upgrade.

What should you look for in a new server? Reliability is probably at the top of your list. But there are a few other things you should also consider.

 

Here are the top 5 things you should look for:


Reliability
Reliability isn’t just about powering a system on and feeling confident that it will remain up and running. It’s also knowing that it will play nicely with your other
equipment. It means that it’s dependable, built to last and that you have the support required when needed. More importantly, it’s been engineered to handle today’s security and application needs.

So when you go looking for your next server, make sure you pay attention to things like high availability features, Mean time between failures (MTBF), and support for industry standards. Seek out servers with a reputation for quality. When servers are backed by a worldwide support organisation that can supply you with local support, you’ll know that the company stands behind its product.

 

Performance
Whatever server you may be considering, make sure that it is well-balanced, with fast chip and memory speeds, input/output (I/O) bandwidth, and scalable storage. With all the media-rich data being shared these days, you need a high performing server that can push it through. Applications like advanced analytics need high performance combined with low latency to synthesise the information. By being able to take advantage of modern applications like these, you’ll have what you need to make more informed decisions and serve your customers better.

 

Simplicity
Spending time figuring out how to operate a new server is not really what you want to be doing right now. You want to be able to just plug it in, adjust a few parameters to ensure it’s customised for your needs, and move on. Automated server management tools that provide proactive notification of issues before they occur can save you a whole lot of time, effort and headache. Obvious things to look for are pre-configured servers with easy-to-use web-based management tools.

But if you look closer, you might find systems that automatically self-diagnose and alert you to potential issues. Features like these can really come in handy.

 

Resiliency
Resiliency is different from reliability. It implies toughness and durability. Resiliency is the capability to survive an incident or breach while minimising any damage and recovering quickly without any data loss. Security is an important aspect of today’s computing. With people accessing your systems from a variety of wired and wireless devices, you have to ensure the protection of all your digital assets. Systems that come with built-in security settings that can be tuned easily to meet your specific needs should definitely be on your list for consideration.

 

Efficiency
Today’s systems allow you to do more with less. Systems that are optimised for virtualisation can help you improve your resource utilisation, eliminate stranded capacity, and scale to meet peaks in demand. They can help you deploy new applications more quickly and easily. Modern servers also tend to be more compact and use less floor space. All these efficiencies can help you lower overall total cost of ownership (TCO).

 

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