Choosing Your Server Style
One of the biggest advantages of buying refurbished server components from ETB is that our lower prices allow you to achieve a higher specification for the same budget. This will increase productivity amongst your team as well as increasing performance for your customers, especially if your server hosts an e-commerce website or data heavy information such as videos.
But how do you go about choosing your next server, and what elements should you consider when specifying your server style from ETB’s huge range of refurbished servers? Naturally, our expert team is always on hand to help you out with free friendly advice, but before you call them, here are a few of the things to think about to help you choose the best server configuration for you.
The more complex your business operations, the more processing power you will need. For example, an architect’s practice that uses 3D modelling may need greater processing power than a simple online retailer. This will dictate the number of cores and processors you need in your server.
Bandwidth dictates the amount of data that can be uploaded or downloaded at any one time. If you have a large team, who all need to access server data at once, then you will need a greater bandwidth. Similarly, if you are expecting large volumes of traffic on your website, or want to have the capacity to cope with one-off peaks in demand, then you need to select a high bandwidth.
In the example above, the architect’s practice could probably deal with a server outage for a few hours without too much inconvenience, whereas the store of an online retailer will be closed by a similar issue, costing money and losing customers. In other industries, constant, reliable availability is even more crucial. If this is the case, then you need to consider multiple servers with built in redundancy and automatic switching in the event of failure.
Memory size is an obvious consideration, and the larger your database, the more memory you will need. Additional RAM memory will also make your website load faster, your system run more efficiently and increase performance across the board. As a general rule, you should go for as much RAM as your budget will allow.
Most servers will run on either Linux or Windows. If you are using Windows licenced apps, such as MS SQL or ASP.NET, you will need a server that runs on Windows.
Number of servers
Lastly, it is worth considering how many servers you need. While there are a number of high quality multi-function servers available that will do everything on one machine, it can be beneficial to create a suite of servers, with dedicated units for your website, emails, databases and other server functions.
Help is at hand
With so many options available, it can be very confusing, so it’s good to know that you can get help from the ETB team whenever you need it. We’ll help you select the best possible server for your business, which meets all of your needs, both now and as your company grows. We’ll also show you how much you can save by buying a fully refurbished server from ETB rather than buying a new one, as well as saving you money by avoiding buying features and specifications that you simply don’t need.
With our huge range of refurbished servers in stock, we’re bound to have exactly the right machine for you. So, if it all feels a little overwhelming, just give us a call and we’ll get you sorted out. To find out more visit ETB Technologies.