Does your business run a website from an in-house server? Do you need a server and don't know whether to build one or buy a hosting service? Does your business need to provide files for employees abroad? All of these questions involve sharing network resources across the internet, and there is a lot that goes into making a server of any type available for more than a couple of users across the internet.
What's Involved In Server Management?
A server is a computer that is dedicated to sharing--or serving--files as its main purpose. Servers working near capacity will consume a lot of electricity and produce a lot of heat without a few efficient techniques, which require fairly specific network training.
The main difference between servers and standard workstations is the operating system in use. Server operating systems usually cut down on a lot of user experience features that consume processor power and memory use, such as graphics to smooth over the visual experience or sound quality improvements.
Since servers are expected to do their job at any given time--or even during every hour of the day--a combination of high-powered processors and load-balancing improvements must be made. Although all modern desktop and laptop computers (and most smartphones) use a multi-core processor built into one unit, servers use multiple physical processors to physically share the load across multiple units to reduce heat damage and physical wear and tear.
Someone has to operate and maintain the server. Configuration is the most important part and can be programmed by a contractor who may only need to visit every year or so, but someone needs to be able to troubleshoot the network cables, errors that occur on any computer and replace equipment.
Servers aren't just an initial cost, and that cost isn't the same from month to month.
Hosting And Colocation Can Help
Instead of taking the burden on yourself, you could use someone else's server equipment. Hosting services are available to deliver your files from a facility dedicated to this kind of technical work.
This means that instead of server management being a big cost in training and maintenance that your company has to absorb and possibly retrain when someone leaves the company, you can pay a flat fee to have your files served by a company who makes a profit from and takes pride in hosting.
Colocation is available if you have a lot of files that you can't just upload across the internet reliably, or if you have a customized system that can't be easily rebuilt or copied by virtual computer systems. Contact a colocation and hosting professional, like those at Eatel Business, to discuss services available for your files.