We work with the leaders in the industry to bring you the best equipment available to meet all of your computing needs. With the relationship built over the years with Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo and many others, we strive to match the right Server, Workstations, Laptops and Tablets to fit the need that you require to run your growing business. We work primarily with Dell to build out the correct Server(s) for your company and although we like using Dell for the other computers as well, there are times that we will branch out to our other partners to make sure everything you have in your overall system is a good match. With this said, let’s take a moment to see the different components that make up your network.

Purpose of a Server

Servers are computers on your network dedicated to running centralized services for your business. They can provide simple services such as file and print sharing and can serve as a centralized storage location, giving you one place to manage user permissions to certain files and facilitating a centralized backup solution. They can centralize the management of everyday business applications like your antivirus protection, ensuring that your server and workstations are kept up-to-date. They can also provide centralized corporate wide applications like email and databases. Servers are a vital part of your business and are more expensive than the everyday workstation. They are built to withstand running 24×7 and usually have quite a bit of redundancy built in, such as multiple power supplies, a RAID5 hard drive array, etc. All of this is geared to keeping you up and running with a minimal amount of downtime.

Server Roles

Depending on your environment, a single server could very well handle your needs, but it’s not uncommon for servers to be dedicated to a specific role, especially when working with industry specific applications. When this happens you can wind up with multiple servers, each running one or more dedicated services. Oftentimes these servers will be greatly underutilized. In cases like this, server virtualization may be the best answer. With server virtualization, you have a single physical server that’s upgraded with more storage, processing capacity and memory, and it runs multiple virtual servers. The virtual servers share the resouces of the physical server which means less wasted resources. From the software side, each virtual server runs its own operating system and programs and is isolated from other virtual servers, so you get the benefit of multiple servers without the overhead and additional expense of separate physical servers.

Secure Remote Access

Traditionally, access to much of the data and services managed through your server is limited to your physical network. Data can be accessed when offsite through synchronization with your laptop while you are physically connected to the network, through a browser (for web-enabled application such as email) or through some type of remote desktop. One neat feature of the current Windows Server 2012 is its ability to provide remote access to applications that have traditionally been bound to the workstation. By planning for and installing a remote apps server, you can now access virtually all your programs remotely through a web-browser. These applications get installed on the remote apps server, and each application is assigned to a specific user (or group of users). As long as your user has Internet access where they are located, all they have to do is login to your server through their browser and they can be up and running your corporate applications right away. These applications run directly on the server and do not have to be installed on the end user’s computer.

Private Cloud

The above example of remote apps is an example of cloud computing. Cloud computing is another step of server evolution and is gaining momentum as companies look for the best way to balance their internal server needs with the ability to access data and run applications from anywhere. Enterprise Technologies can explain to you the benefits of both servers and cloud computing as it relates to your specfic business.

We have partnered with Dell for most of our server and workstation needs. Based on our experience, the Dell systems are affordable and reliable, and their support is one of the best in the industry. Whether your business is looking for its first server or is looking to replace or expand your server capabilities, Enterprise Technologies can guide you in the right direction.