Does my Small Business Network Need a Server?

As small businesses grow and thrive, it becomes increasingly important to make the right technology choices for your future. One of the most common technology questions raised is whether or not you need to invest in a server. Why would you need one? What does a server actually do? At what point does your small business network need a server?

What is a server?

First things first. A server is a computer or program that is designed to store, process, and manage all of the data on your central network. It runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It also allows your business to run several of the most common functions on your network, such as:
  • Email
  • Network security (such as firewalls, user sign-in accounts, etc.)
  • File Storage
  • Data Backup
  • Network sharing (such as central printers, faxes, etc.)
  • Remote connection
In the simplest terms, a server is one computer that is dedicated to “serving” the needs of every other computer on the network.

What are the benefits of a server?

Servers are often the unsung heroes of your small businesses technology infrastructure. A server allows each user to get the most out of his individual computer. Not only does it usually increase the reliability of your computers, it can also improve your levels of security and storage.

When does my small business network need a server?

When most small businesses are created, the founders usually depend on a peer-to-peer network to connect their computers. A peer-to-peer network is one where every computer has similar capabilities and responsibilities. This network tends to work fine for small operations. However, most IT specialists recommend investing in a server once you have more than 5 people on your network.

How do I get a server?

There are many factors to take in consideration when choosing the right server for your small business. Budget, company size, growth potential, storage needs, applications, and processors all need to weighed into the equation. To help you make the right choice for your small business, contact your Digity Tech Advisor today.