Many small businesses are not sure when it is necessary for them to transition from a peer-to-peer network to a client server based network. In our experience, if you have more than 5 users set up in the network it is time to start looking into moving to a network server.
Small businesses many times are resistant to making the switch from a peer-to-peer network to a server. There are many benefits to having a server and many times is not as expensive an undertaking as one would imagine.
What is a Server? At its simplest level, a server is computer that is designed to process requests and deliver data to computers over a local network.
First and foremost, a server is going to provide security for your small business. Through the setup process we can establish what users have access to what data. You are able to streamline this through the server whereas before this would have to be maintained on each individual workstation. Each user will save their data in their own folder on the server. All data stored on the server will be backed up nightly and easily restored in the event that an individual computer crashes.
Another important aspect to the small business owner is viruses. One of the largest threats to your network is viruses, spyware, and spam. Many manufacturers make packages that will offer small businesses desktop and server protection. One such solution is AVG’s Internet Security Business Edition. These are great products that allow the administrator to manage what needs to be done for each PC in the network from their desk.
Servers run 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They are manufactured to be reliable machines. Many servers are equipped with multiple hard drives and power supplies. In the event of failure, system operations continue and are unnoticed by the end user. Typically, to replace a failed power supply or hard drive we need to shut the system down to repair it. We prefer servers with hot swappable power supplies and hard drives. We are able to replace these components with no interruption to the end users at all.
We cannot stress strongly enough the importance of backups to the small business owners. We recommend that backups are run daily. For our customers, which are small businesses with employees ranging from 2-20 we recommend utilizing a cloud based backup service such as iDrive. Services such as these allow for simplicity, security, and access to data in the event of a disaster. We monitor all cloud based backups for our customers daily for any sign of trouble.
Code Blue Computing is a small business IT consulting firm headquartered out of Broomfield, Colorado. They provide Vendor Managed IT Services to small businesses; as well as assisting ala carte with such issues as server setup and maintenance, networking, computer sales and service, and virus removal. Their service area includes Arvada, Broomfield, Louisville, Erie and Superior. They can be contacted via telephone at 720-746-9763.Code Blue Computing 12303 Airport Way, Suite 200 Broomfield, CO 80021 720-746-9763