Is your businesses network working the way it is supposed to? Do you have enough storage for your business network? Do you know if your server is secure? If you are a small business with documents that need extra security have you thought about installing a server? Could your business information be lost instantly if your computers break? There are so many different reasons to why you should consider having a server installed into your business. Read on as we discuss the importance of a server for your business.

What is the importance of a server?

Many people assume a server is much like a PC desktop which is a big misconception. PC’s can hold a server operating system, but this often doesn’t work in the same way a server system does. A server is made to manage, store, send information and process data all the time. It will work 24 hours a day and is extremely reliable compared to a desktop. There are a number of features you can find on a server that will provide you with the best network for your business including:

    • Dual processor – this refers to a system having two separate processors. Instructions and information are sent through both processors allowing computers and networks to perform faster compared to using just a desktop PC.
    • Redundancy – this means the information you wish to store is saved in more than one location. Meaning if it was to ever go down for any reason you have it stored in another location, so information is not lost.
    • Hot-swappable components – a hot-swap component means that if for any reason your server has a loss of power, device failure or storage device failure you are able to swap components while your computer system remains in operation.
    • Scalable – this means that you are able to meet current needs and also future needs.

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Security

If you currently have a peer to peer network, you’ll find that they don’t have much in the way of security. With a peer to peer network, you can find yourself getting into a range of problems such as accessing workstations can become difficult, you might experience loss of data due to viruses or spyware, and you may also find that your internet becomes intermittent.

If you work for a business with high security or you have areas within the company where you don’t want other staff members to know the information such as finances, you can prevent unauthorised users from accessing this information. You will also find that by having a server, you can have information accessible from all computers within your business rather than having them stored on one or multiple desktops. This is especially important if your workstation or desktop PC is to fail. It means you do not have to worry about losing any work and you can simply log in from another desktop to access a range of documentation and information.

Employees can make personal folders stored on the server. This will improve the way your business works as this information is often backed up overnight meaning if anything is to go wrong with their desktop all files will remain intact and accessible.

Remote accessibility

Employees can also access information away from work if they are needing to work from home or another location it makes them more productive. You may be thinking how can this information be safe? However, a server uses a range of tools to ensure all of the information is encrypted as it is saved allowing those who chose to download it on the other end to have a safe file which will not affect their desktop or laptop in any way.

Geographical barriers cease to be a problem for those who choose to work away from the office as they can also access all of their emails. It essentially means your employees can work from anywhere around the world.
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Virus management

One of the greatest threats to your business is potential hackers or virus interrupting your network. Viruses are well known for doing all sorts of damage to your computers and networks. There are many types of viruses which can make their way onto your device and it can be difficult to prevent them all from entering. Users tend to acquire a virus through downloading files which may be slightly questionable, through an email or by visiting a website which may not be safe.

While you may think your team members are all aware of the dangers of downloading corrupted files, you should always ensure you have the right software in place to take any precautions needed to preventing damage to your devices and business.

It’s important that you think about having good anti-virus software installed into your system, in a small business of employees under ten sometimes this can be managed individually, but this is also dependent of the job you are in. If you are a business where the information is sensitive or could damage your business, it’s essential that you have this installed on your server.

Data Security on Laptop

Increased reliability

Many servers now come with a redundant power supply meaning if you’re experiencing loss of power your server will still run. This means no data is lost in this case and data is still able to back up during this time.

Many servers work in RAID configuration preventing loss of data, and you will find you won’t have a disruption in workflow. As previously mentioned you’ll find your unit is more reliable due to hot-swapping components, so you never have to worry if a part of your server needs replacing.

Back up

It’s critical that all business back up all their data on a regular basis. We have often been into small businesses where they don’t implement a back up frequently and have experienced loss of data. By having all your employee information and data stored on a server, it can be backed up reliably and quickly meaning no disruption to daily work. With frequent backups, it also makes it a lot easier for your employees to access the information from different workstations as the data and information is real-time up to date.

There are a number of back up devices now available to you including an SSD Drive, CD’s, removal storage or Network Attached Storage. You can get SSD Drives from a range of places including SCAN which provides both 16GB and 32GB dependent on your business needs. We often recommend having one for each day of the week; you should also take these off-site to a secure location.

Expand business easily

If you are looking to expand your business in the future a server will allow you to do so. A server enables you to set up a number of different devices, computers, users and even add new application alls with ease. Therefore meaning there is no disruption to anyone else in the business.
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Summary

You will often find that none of the above is possible without a good server installed into your workplace. A good server will help you manage all the data in your business and if for any reason you do experience power cuts or even an employee’s workstation is not working you can still access data, and it can be fixed with no disruptions to day to day business.

If you have a peer to peer network, you may want to think about how secure this really is for your business. If you have sensitive data or customer information you should most definitely think about having a server installed. Not only can it offer you a range of protection for your data it can also ensure that none of it is lost.

We always recommend installing anti-virus software to ensure your network and information is as safe as it possibly can be. Additionally, you may want to think about having a data cabinet or rack installation as this will prevent anyone from being able to tamper with your server.
Servers not only help your business with data storage, but they will also improve efficiency and productivity. As employees can access data and information from any workstation it means they can work from home, while travelling or from a different office.

If someone needs to log into their work emails while away from the office they can do so, they can also download a range of files which are secure and safe.

Get in touch with Puffin Solutions today to book in for your business server, we not only install the equipment we also provide 24/7 support. So, if you are ever in need of a helping hand one of our Network Engineers are always on hand to help. For a free, no obligation quote contact us on 0845 413 6000 or contact@puffinsolutions.com.

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