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Choosing the Right Server Structure Can Make IT More Reliable

Choosing the Right Server Structure Can Make IT More Reliable

Selecting the right servers for your business is extremely important and can either promote optimal performance, reliability, and security of your business computing; or it can present nothing but problems. Today, we will go through six tips to help you make good decisions about servers for your business.

You Have to Assess Your Needs

If you start from the beginning, you’ll first need to understand your specific requirements, such as the number of users, the type of applications you'll be running, and the data storage needs. This assessment will help you determine the necessary server specifications and capabilities.

Plan for Scalability

Choose servers that can scale with your business' growth. Consider future expansion needs to avoid frequent server upgrades. Scalable options include adding more CPUs, memory, or storage capacity. If you are considering cloud-based servers, this process gets a lot easier and less expensive.

Consider Virtualization

Virtualization technology allows you to run multiple virtual servers on a single physical server, even in the cloud. This can help optimize resource utilization and reduce hardware costs. Although the upfront costs can be costly, they pale in comparison to new server costs. Consider whether virtualization makes sense for your business.

Prioritize Security

Ensure your servers are equipped with robust security features, including firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and encryption. Regularly update server software and firmware to patch vulnerabilities. Implement strong access controls to protect sensitive data; even if that means that you roll out a password manager tool. 

Seek Professional Advice

If you're not experienced in server technology, consider consulting with IT professionals or hiring a managed service provider (MSP) to help with server selection, setup, and maintenance. We can also consult you on how to leverage cloud computing more effectively. They can provide valuable insights and ensure you make the right decisions for your business.

By following these tips and consulting the IT professionals at XFER, you can make informed decisions when selecting servers for your business, ensuring that your IT infrastructure meets your current needs and is prepared for future growth. Give our knowledgeable staff a call today at 734-927-6666 / 800-438-9337 to learn more. 

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