As your business grows, so does the need to share files and documents. In fact, it becomes a necessity. That’s where a business server (or computer server) comes to the fore. Fresh Mango Technologies UK are experts in business servers, and proud to be partners with Dell and Hewlett Packard in the UK. We can help you choose the best server for your business, then supply, install, deploy and maintain it on your behalf.
A professionally installed – and managed – modern business server provides numerous benefits:
- At a most basic level, sharing documents across your company
- Business servers assist in handling communications, database functions or hosting business applications for multiple users
- Protecting your data – once all your business data and software is on a server (instead of dispersed across desktop computers and laptops) you can deploy a backup system to protect your business from data loss.
- Running security suites to secure your network through firewalls, intrusion detection, user access management, and software updates.
Servers tend to be used to centralise data management and file sharing, as well as managing shared resources such as printers and storage devices. They can also be used to manage things like user identities, logins to the network, access priorities and many aspects of your new system.
Business Server Uses
In some cases, servers may be used to run specific applications that require additional processing power or computing resources in order to run efficiently. Large, processor intensive financial trading, document management or imaging software are examples of this.
As a result, some businesses choose to run dedicated server boxes for different applications, databases or communications platforms, which often require their own machines.
Servers tend to differ from desktop PCs in running a dedicated server operating system, or network operating system. They typically have more memory and more powerful processors, as well as advanced networking and storage facilities. Servers also tend to be built with reduced downtime in mind, since they need to ensure the desktops and the business itself stay up and running.
How is software on Business servers different?
Small business servers need to supply information and resources to multiple users. So their operating systems and applications are designed differently to desktop software.
Server software might allow users to share, (eg productivity or business applications) as well as e-mail applications, Internet connectivity, data backup, and office equipment such as printers and scanners.
What is an application server?
An application server is basically a server that runs a specific application platform from the likes of Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, IBM or any of the other application vendors that sell server-specific software.
One benefit of using application servers is that by centralising your business logic on an individual server, or on a small number of server machines (called a cluster), you can guarantee you will have the right updates and upgrades to the application for all users. Also, any changes to the application configuration or settings can be done centrally, which is far more efficient.
It may also be easier for third party services firms to maintain an application that resides on a single server, and software licensing also becomes much simpler to manage.
What is virtualisation of Business Servers?
Virtualisation platforms (for example from HyperV, VMWare and Microsoft) allow businesses to lower their hardware and computing costs by running multiple server or desktop applications on a single physical machine, or fewer servers than before.
Virtualised applications share the existing physical computing resources of their servers, such as processing and storage.
Contact Fresh Mango Technologies UK today for all your business server questions and requirements.
Installing your Business Server
Our experienced team of IT technicians have expertise in the configuration, installation and after-care services for all your computing requirements. From a single computer setup and installation through to a complex server and network deployment, you can be assured of a professional and comprehensive installation.
Once you engage us for your server installation, you will be kept fully appraised of progress and the plan for the work. Our experts IT technicians work with you to ensure minimal disruption and downtime to your existing systems and business. This will include:
- Provision of a detailed project plan covering equipment supply, configuration, installation and after-care timings.
- Data migration – we will agree with you on what data needs to be migrated to your new computer system and conduct the same
- File structure – we will agree with you on the file structure, along with access arrangements for users, and implement the same
- Ongoing communications – we will inform you when your equipment has arrived in our workshop when we have completed workshop configuration and agree on scheduled dates for the Computer Installation and/or Server Installation
Managing your Small Business Server Installation costs
We conduct as much work in our workshop as is practical prior to installation. This ensures there is minimal disruption to your business in the run-up to your installation. It’s also very efficient since we have access to all of the tools and equipment necessary for the configuration at our premises.
Once your Computer Installation and/or Server Installation is complete, we will come on-site to resolve any snagging issues with individual users. Once all is to your satisfaction we issue you with a ‘sign-off’ sheet which confirms you are happy that all work is completed. We do not consider the project complete until you have ‘signed-off’.
So, whether you require a single computer setup and installation, a complex server and network deployment or something in-between, you are in safe hands with the team at Fresh Mango.