What Do You Need To Run A Server?
Sharing and storing information has become more important over recent decades as the Internet brings International business together. High-speed, high-volume demands for information are the norm, and you'll need to keep up as best as possible. With colocation, you can use an existing infrastructure to for your files or even some of your equipment. If you need a server for your business, consider a few server requirements that may make colocation seem more attractive.
What Can A Server Do?
At its basic form, a server's job is to share information--or serve information--to other computers. Documents, pictures, videos or any kind of data is managed by the server to be passed out amongst the network or group of computers.
A dedicated server machine is necessary because sending information takes effort. The computer that sends information in bulk will become slower, making it difficult or impossible to use the system for anything else. Even worse, trying to do something on the sharing computer can slow down the serving process.
You'll need a powerful machine with some high-capacity network cabling, which can cost a lot of money. High-volume servers aren't like desktop computers or laptops that can be picked up and plugged into a wall socket; servers are often a combination of many different components.
What Do You Need To Build And Maintain A Server?
The server itself is a computer in essence, but with some volume-moving changes. Servers have multiple fast processors dedicated to sending and checking/confirming information. They also have many hard drives, which can take up a lot of space and generate a lot of heat along with the processor's high-temperature performance.
In order to share the information, the server needs to be able to connect to many different computers. For this reason, a special network module exists to connect the server to a router or switch. A switch is a device that can take one connection and split it into many others--some switches reaching 20, 40, 60 or more different connecting ports.
You may even need a dedicated security device to block out incoming danger. Since the server is incredibly busy, a hardware firewall exists to filter out all of the bad stuff. At their core, hardware firewalls and many other security appliances are servers dedicated to keeping your network safe.
The server itself may not have enough room for all of your business information. You may need Network-Attached Storage (NAS), which is basically a digitally-connected cabinet of hard drives used to store a lot of information.
Does your business have enough room for all of these devices? When fully built and secured, they may resemble a tall refrigerator--and then you'll need all of the wiring and cooling equipment to keep the servers physically intact. To avoid a lot of investment, difficult-to-maintain parts and in-depth configuration, contact a colocation professional like Isomedia, Inc to have your business assets hosted on a server by professionals who are dedicated to server management.