Servers in Philippines power the software that will help your business thrive and your team to be more productive, but what do you need? Here are the key features you need to look for.
Racks and Towers
If you're planning to invest in several pieces of business technology, such as storage, and network switches then you'll need to decide between either a tower or a rack-mounted server. Towers look like big desktop PCs. Rack-mounted servers are designed to be held by a couple of screws and a mounting system in a standard computer rack.
For a small business starting out, a tower is probably a slightly less expensive option as you can probably get away with non-rack-mounted network and storage equipment. But if your business is growing a rack-mounted server is a good option as it will take up less space and can be stored in a secure rack, away from prying eyes and hands.
One of the things the separates servers from regular computers is that many of the components are designed to be removed and replaced without turning the server off and interrupting your business. The main components that are made with this are disk drives and power supplies. This capability is called "hot swappable". It works as the server is made with multiple hard drives that are configured so that data is automatically written to multiple places. If one drive fails, your data is safe on another.
Similarly, having multiple power supplies means that if one power supply fails the load can be picked up by the second one. Being hot-swappable means you can switch a bad unit for a good one without impacting operations.
Tips for Buying A Server
Find a reputable brand name which uses reputable hardware manufacturers
Most brand name manufacturers in Philippines come with great warranties, online support resources, and service agreements. While you hope you won't need them, it's nice to know there are provisions for service and replacement parts if necessary.
As your company grows, you will likely need to expand your network and capabilities. Find out how flexible the products are and if they will be able to grow with you and your business.
How will your new PC or server integrate with existing hardware, software, etc? You may discover you need to invest more than you thought you would initially. It is better to know now what you need to grow your business than to find out later that what you hoped to be able to do is stunted because of insufficient hardware.
Aside from these, here are other things to keep in mind.
- Make a list of what will need to run on the server
- Determine the operating system, processor, memory and storage needs for each application. Choose which hypervisor will best suit your environment.
- Design a solution that adequately mitigates the risk of bringing your business to a halt of a single component or device fails.
- Talk to hardware suppliers to determine the best match of hardware and software for your budget.