CybertronPC - Intel Pentium D 930 3.0GHzYou might have the world’s most compelling product line, but if you don’t handle your digital data efficiently, you’re not going to be successful. A powerful way to improve the speed and efficiency of your digital communications is to create server-based computer networks. A server is a computer that delivers information and software to other computers that are linked by a network. Servers offer essential benefits to businesses of all sizes by providing additional storage and processing power, centralized data migration, and effective backup features.

The following article will help you understand how your business can dramatically increase productivity by implementing a server-based network.

Types of Servers
You can find server-based networks in more than 20% of small businesses with more than one workstation. Servers, wired and wireless networks are becoming more prevalent in today’s small business with five of fewer PCs. In addition to seeing more server-based networks in small business, you will find that more business owners are opting to support their own IT needs. Servers can be purchased sub $1,000 and managing the infrastructure is becoming increasingly simpler everyday. The software used to run small business servers has become much more user friendly. You no longer need a degree from MIT or Penn State to maintain your server and network. With this being said, here are 5 reasons why your business needs a server.

  • Communications Server – carrier-grade computing platform for communications networks
  • Application Server – a server dedicated to running certain software applications
  • Fax server – provides fax services for clients
  • File server – provides file services
  • Standalone server – an emulator for client-server (web-based) programs
  • Web server – a server that HTTP clients connect to in order to send commands and receive responses along with data contents.
  • Database server – provides database services

Five Ways a Server Will Improve Your Business
Once you install a server to run your business network you’ll soon realize that it streamlines and improves your business information flow in a myriad of ways. If properly used, your server will help centralize your data, make your workforce more mobile, protect your valuable data and provide backup resources in case your system is compromised, deliver more processing power and give your business a more professional look and feel. Following are five key areas where your business will improve if you use a server.

    1. Data Centralization – With a central location for data, it is much easier to migrating data files from PC to PC. Also by centralizing your data, you can manage your business critical data much better.
    2. Mobile Workforce – With the use of a server, employees that work remotely can have access to files on the server. This is especially important for workers that use laptops and are constantly in new locations. Using remote web workplaces, you can access the server via secure Internet.
    3. Data Protection and Backup – A server will allow you to better protect your business’ data and backup is much easier because all of the data is in one central location.
    4. More Processing Power – A server can free up resources and hard drive space on workstations and allow your workstations to operate more efficiently. In addition to freeing up hard drive space on workstations, many small businesses are managing and hosting their web site, running web services, and creating e-mail newsletters.
    5. A Server Makes You Business Look More Professional – A server will allow you to host your own e-mail account, and enhance the look of your company. There will be no need to use an AOL, Excite or Gmail address. When a customer knows that your businesses is technology competent, that gives them the secure feeling of they are working with professionals.

A properly used server can greatly increase the profitability and overall productivity of your business. Servers create convenience and security for your company’s critical data, while allowing your employees to work more efficiently. A server answers the demands placed on growing business with more than one workstation and multiple dial-up Internet accounts. A server will centralize your business’ data and make it more convenient and easier for all of your computers to communicate locally and remotely. A server will also allow your employees to work more efficiently and create a more productive environment.

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