In a small business or even a home environment, a server can change the way you approach data sharing, information management and virus protection. However many companies have not even considered the possibility of implementing a client/server based network. A regular peer to peer network works fine for a couple of computers, but if you want to work with more than two or three you run the risk of having your data compromised due to viruses or spyware. Data sharing can also prove to be a bit of an annoying process when using a peer to peer network, particularly when compared to some of the solutions that are out there.
“Data that is not backed up is data you are comfortable with losing”. This is one of the greatest axioms of the IT industry. Many smaller companies often run into corrupt files, infected files or simply files deleted by accident. Data loss can lead to loss of revenue, loss of customers and even loss of sanity. A server offers a centralised storage and backup solution, so if everything is stored locally and on the server, you’ll always have a backup in case something goes incredibly wrong.
Hardware failure can also be a huge source of anxiety if your data is not properly backed up, however if everything is backed up in a centralised fashion the loss or theft of a laptop suddenly becomes much less tragic.
Then there are viruses, spyware, malware and other undesirables of the internet. On a peer to peer network, if one computer is infected you can be sure that they will all eventually become infected as well. When you have multiple computers in a P2P network you have to manage viruses individually on each of them, and you have to trust that all your users are savvy enough not to fall for spyware or any other security risk. With a server you only have to manage viruses on the server itself. One person can ensure that the entire network is clean and free of pesky cybernetic bugs.
File sharing can become a very simple task when you have a proper server, as it can be used as a regular folder for all the machines; all employees are working with the same files and have the same information available, without any hassle. The easier it is for your personnel to find the data they need, the more productive and happy they’ll be. So, using a server in order to supply them with simple data sharing can be a great investment.
When most people hear “server” the first question that comes to mind is, “how much is it going to cost?” It’s a very reasonable question- hardware is expensive and maintaining a server can easily cost £1000 a year. Not everyone is ready to make that kind of investment. However, there are easier and more affordable ways to go about it.
Companies like Ukhost4U offer virtual private servers, which offer all the benefits of having a server without the hardware costs. Because everything is cloud based, space becomes a non-issue as well. If you have a solid IT department you can manage the server yourself, but if you need someone to manage it for you, they’ll take care of that too.
One of the best reasons to acquire a virtual server for your business is to enhance growth and flexibility. With a physical server you need to upgrade hardware as required- this can become costly and complicated. However, if you employ a virtual cloud server the server grows with you and updating your package can be done by sending an email to your hosting provider. An IT solution that grows and adapts with your business with minimal effort is often the best choice.
Think about servers, think about your business and find the solution that’s right for you.