Why does your small business need a dedicated server? You may be thinking that your business is not very big, so why bother? If you own a small business, we highly recommend opting for a dedicated server. Dedicated servers keep your business more secure, keep you organized, provide a backup source, and so much more.
What is a dedicated server?
A dedicated server is a single physical server reserved for serving the needs of one (or a few) functions of your business. Similar to desktop computers, but with server-grade hardware and a more advanced operating system, dedicated servers are more reliable and usually more powerful. When performance is a critical factor, dedicated servers are the best choice for small businesses.
There are many ways to name a server based on its specific function and some of those names include:
- Database server
- File server
- Mail server
- Print server
- Web server
- Game server
- Application server
- Communications server
- Virtual server
- Proxy server
- Media server
A true server has an operating system where you can capture user profiles and control access to data. Although it may be confusing when you start to research a dedicated server, it’s important to speak with trusted professionals that can answer your questions about what you need, the costs, set-up procedures, and maintenance.
What are the benefits of a dedicated server?
User Data Backups
A dedicated server has more benefits than you may think. If one of your computers dies, is the data on that system backed up? Either you must have backup software on individual computers, or your employees are responsible for this. Chances are you will be in a sudden stressful situation. A server can capture individual user’s documents and then incorporate that data into a larger data backup solution for your business.
Folder Structure and Security
One feature that businesses love is that you can create and maintain folder structures. Instead of having folders shared randomly across many computers or through email attachments there is a logical and structured location for all staff to access important data from the server.
Not, only that. Users will only be able to access or modify the data they are allowed. All other data is restricted to them.
Limited Human Interaction
For the most part, a physical computer has little issues. However, the operating system gets corrupted over time as you use the computer. Limiting human interaction on a dedicated server creates a more stable environment where your data is always available. We have seen less downtime and fewer problems with our customers who have a server on their network.
The final benefit of a dedicated server is that it captures user data from each workstation and set up policies to help control user behavior. For example, you can set a policy for passwords to change on a regular basis. This is just another example to show how having a dedicated server for your small business will help to increase your security.
Although a dedicated server for your small business comes with a cost, the benefits are worth it, and employees will thank you for it. If you are ready to get started, the professionals at Net Engineers would love to help. Give us a call today at 636-239-2234 to get started.