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.

Steve Boullianne, Multiple post-graduate degrees, Mind/Body/Spirit enthusiast, & a member of Mensa. Loves Skiing, Scuba, and Food. Steve’s First job out of college was programming satellites for AT&T. Founded IPSOFACTO in 1996, Y2K boom, e-Commerce super success, 2.1 boom. Steve is ready to Mediate high quality for all life, our one planet, and human kindness. Loves to dance and tell jokes. Steve believes that Excellent Communication is key to human success (and failure). Steve has 3 sons who are his STARS. They will carry the world into a brilliant future. Since 1996, Steve has been a volunteer drug and alcoholism counselor in the Bay Area. The power of the Great Spirit is in you. Steve is a good friend to have.