Constructing a Server for Your Business
Today servers help many companies conduct business in a quick and orderly fashion. Whether your business is big or small, a server can really help increase productivity.
Ways To Help Build The Right Kind Of Server For Business
Step 1: Determining company size and customer base to determine the max server capacity (Determine Supply and demand)
The first thing you need to do when building a server is figure out what your size requirement is. If your server is too small, then you're not at your full potential, if it's too big, then you are wasting money. Figure out if your company has a small or large customer base, with a bigger customer base you obliviously need larger servers to accommodate them. If you are a small up and coming business, then you don't need that large of a server to accomplish task. Following this idea saves you money while maximizing profit at the same time.
Another thing to think about is the near and far future, you see if you just look at where your company is at that SPECIFIC moment, that is all you plan for. You also need to look at your exposure to your customers, in addition to potential future customers. An example of what I mean is say you have a very small company, specializing in a revolutionary product that completely changes the industry of what your product represents. You know for an absolute FACT, your small company is about to get HUGE, so you don't build a server for the current small company, you preemptively build a stronger more capable server ahead of time.
Step 2: Determine max cost and upkeep of server
The cost of the server for both initial installation and upkeep is another huge area to keep track of. Looking at your monthly net profit is a great way to gauge how much money you would be able to use for the upkeep of your server. By remembering your needs for a server in the first place is another way to help gauge the amount of money needed for upkeep as well.
Determining at least roughly how many users are going to be using your server or how complex the task is required of it can help with the unpredictability. Unpredictability is hard to account for if all you do is look at something one way. On that thought, the more users or more task called upon the server, the quicker it wears down. With HUGE amounts of people connecting to your server at once or running complex simulations, it could cause the server itself to CRASH. So you need to be mindful of the amount of users that are going to use your server or how hard you're going to push it. It doesn't matter whether it be used for hosting a website, processing complex simulations, clouding computing among other things. This ideal is to help make sure you have enough surplus cash ahead of time for any problems in addition to normal upkeep.
Step 3: Figuring out what type of hardware components you need for your server
Now that we have determined the size of your server and the relative install/upkeep cost, we now need to figure out what equipment you are going to install on your servers. First of all, what is the main reason you need a server for in the first place? Is it for things such as web hosting or programming, maybe calculating complex molecular dynamics or complex simulations?
Depending different situations and needs, your hardware that the server itself consist of could be radically different. If you are running a large corporation, or you are working on a project that needs complex simulations to get the job done, you would need a large server with lots of memory and a high power CPU. If you are just running a small business then you don't need that powerful of a server, in that case just get a bare bones machine with components such as a low power CPU, smaller hard drive (larger than a standard home PC hard drive), low system memory, all of this preferably in a blade server format. A blade server (which is a template that holds the components, very similar to a computer case) helps minimize cost, during purchase and upkeep of the server, since a blade server is designed for as little energy use as possible. (I would write more about this part, things such as more in depth examples and scenarios, but the post going to be too long if I do that. So I am going to go in depth on what hardware to put in your server in one of the next post. For this though I just went through some basic templates.)
I hope this post has helped you at least a little bit, when it comes building a server that suits your companies needs. These machines come in all shapes, sizes and power outputs, so it can be easy to get a bit overwhelmed. In the next post we are changing gears a bit, we are going to talking the top 5 different endpoint security tips to help keep your company secure at one of its weakest links (which is endpoint security).