Does your Business need its own Server?

Does your Business need its own Server?

IT Services For New San Francisco Businesses

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Let’s say you have a small business and your server stops working and it’s been a few weeks. During that time, would losing your serves cause any major impact to the daily operation of your business? That’s the main question you must ask yourself. With everything nowadays being uploaded to the cloud, what does a server really do for you?

Many businesses out there start out as a single user, maybe two, and even with plans to grow the business, most often one won’t want to invest the capital in technology when there is no immediate need to do so. Because when you’re one user, the benefits of a server do not outweigh the costs of purchasing and maintaining one. However, there is a certain point to be reached where you’ve got a handful of computers to manage, various employees who should have selected access to files and maybe applications or databases. When it comes to that, the benefits of a centralized server can be very important.

You may be wondering what a server even does. In the small business world, it’s common to refer to that thing in the corner as a server without understanding what it really does. Though servers can do many things, sometimes just one server will handle many different services and other times it is better to have separate servers for separate applications or uses. It all depends on the type of business and need.

In closing, if your business has more than a handful of computers, managing the user accounts and security is going to be a problem at some point. Inevitably a password will get changed and not documented and hours will be spent troubleshooting the problem or worse, the system will have to be restored from a backup or rebuilt and data will likely be lost and that’s all just a big ol’ headache. This could easily cost your business hundreds of dollars in billable support hours and lost revenue depending on which computer it was that needs assistance.

Servers are going to be more expensive than a typical computer can be because they’re built with redundancy across multiple areas, but they don’t have to bankrupt your own company. Every business is unique in its own way and has their own reasons why they may or may not need a server. Schedule some time to speak with your CIO to determine the best scenario for your own organization and find out what’s best for your business.

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Steve Boullianne, High school drop-out. College drop-out. A go-go dancer in Amsterdam. LOVED computers, programmed satellites for AT&T. Founded IPSOFACTO in 1996, Y2K boom, Dot-Com boom, 2.0 boom. Likes his smallish company and human relationships; not into big anonymous IT. Loves to tell jokes. Loves and Hates technology; pick up the phone, ok? Thinks on line hook up sites have saved the world from AIDS and DateRape. Thinks his kids are better collaborators and world leaders thanks to video games. Is still a hip-hop dancer; is NOT a Brony. Loves San Francisco; Hates the homeless crisis. Tells young people to buy real estate, as soon as possible. Don’t rent. Hopes his final years are spent handing out blankets, food, clothes, and medical supplies.