Figuring Out the Right Server and Server Racking for Your Company

Posted by Marcos Garza on 27th Apr 2014

Figuring Out the Right Server and Server Racking for Your Company

Are you thinking about purchasing a server for your business? As PC Mag points out, "servers can help to streamline a network, especially an expanding one." They can be used in a multitude of ways. They can handle a company's email, databases and website, and can allow for remote access. They can help manage which network users have access to which resources. They can also be used to house files.

Buying a server and the associated accoutrements can also be a headache, however, especially if you're not too experienced in the tech world. Here are a few tips you can keep in mind so that you get what you need, and not a hundred unnecessary digital extras.

Three Things You Should Keep in Mind Regarding What Your Company Needs

  • Do you have experienced IT staff on hand? If you have the occasional support call you're going to need to handle, you might want a server with power-on and remote administration capabilities. If you plan on doing it all yourself, you'll want an easy-to-administer server. One example would be the Apple Mac mini with Snow Leopard server.
  • If you think your company is going to be growing -- and most companies tend to experience future growth, especially in what they require in data storage -- then look for a server with scalability so that you don't have to start all over with a new model. Not every server that can efficiently serve five employees can be bumped up to support 10.
  • Data redundancy and fault tolerance are two things to look for if you're a business that can't afford production interruptions to the server. Redundancy and tolerance help to keep data intact, and servers functioning, even if something like a disk drive failure occurs.

What You Should Know About Server Rack Enclosures

  • Server rack enclosures are used to store your computer server equipment. They're specifically manufactured for the purpose of allowing for dense hardware configurations that don't require a ton of space or shelving. Unlike non-server equipment, they can keep temperature and humidity at correct levels.
  • If you need more room for cable management, you will want a larger server rack configuration, such as 800 mm wide. Server rack case depths also matter -- most people opt for depths of 900 mm or 1,000 mm.
  • Server rack heights are measured by "u" which is 44.45mm. Rack height is typically "u," giving them the name of 19 inch server racks.