How to Choose the Right Server for Your Business

How to Choose the Right Server for Your Business

Small businesses may not always need servers as much of their business computing can be done over the LAN with storage based on a home PC. When your business grows large enough to need its very first server, or is large enough for a server and hasn't made a move, knowing what your options are can make all the difference. Today, we will take you through some things you should know when you are out shopping for a new server.

What You Need to Know

While a small server may not look a lot different from the PC you already use, it is much different. Firstly, a server is typically a higher-powered computer that runs a specialized operating system designed to support multiple users. The way the server is configured suggests that it is designed to run multi-user applications. These include email, some type of messaging, print servers designed to manage company-wide print jobs, and customer relationship management (CRM).

Since each user with access to the server can make it simple to share data, organizations that would like to see their line of business software integrate with their CRM will host both applications on one server. What exactly should you know before buying your small business’ first server? We’ll take a look into it now.

Onsite vs. Cloud

The first decision you have to make once you’ve decided to get a server is how you want that server deployed. The traditional way in which a business would deploy a server is by purchasing the hardware and finding a space in your place of business to store it. Another option is to rent server space in the cloud. Options like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft’s Windows Azure, and Rackspace Cloud Hosting offer several benefits. The most prevalent is that they transfer costs. 

With the purchase of a server, a company takes on the costs of the hardware, which are often substantial, they then deploy software, and have to pay to have their hardware managed. If the hardware costs aren’t enough, the maintenance costs can be multiple times that. With cloud computing, you can get a secure, reliable server that can be accessed from any place you have access to a high-speed Internet connection. This provides accessibility that many other servers don’t have, while paying per month rather than up front. 

Let’s make a list of some pros and cons:

Onsite Server 


  • You have complete control over organizational data.
  • You can alter storage types and amount at any time.
  • Onsite backup is much easier.
  • Data recovery from onsite backup is much faster.


  • Capital costs of hardware.
  • Costs of continued maintenance.
  • Utility costs.
  • Costs of physical security.
  • Hardware is only marginally utilized.
  • Open to several disastrous scenarios.

Hosted Server


  • Eliminate capital costs of buying and maintaining hardware. 
  • Mitigate server-based utility costs.
  • Quickly scalable.
  • Data and application redundancy built in.


  • The need for stable and reliable bandwidth rises.
  • Costs of bandwidth rise.
  • Security can become an issue.
  • Lose physical control over the management of the servers.

As you can see there are positives and negatives about each computing strategy. One strategy that a lot of businesses are using nowadays is the establishment of a private cloud server. The private cloud server is a server that is hosted either onsite or in its own dedicated cloud space, and can come with a lot of the pros (and cons) listed above. It provides a company that needs to have control over the management of organizational data and applications to do so while also having the ability to access the data outside of the confines of its physical network. 

Regardless of what kind of server you are looking for the experts at BNMC can help. Find out more about your server options by calling us today at 978-482-2020.



No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Monday, November 11 2019

Captcha Image

Subscribe to Our Blog!

Mobile? Grab this Article!

Qr Code

Tag Cloud

Tip of the Week Security Best Practices Technology Business Computing Cloud Email User Tips Privacy Computer Microsoft Hackers Network Security Productivity Malware Google Software Business Hosted Solutions Data Communication Tech Term Mobile Devices Hardware Small Business IT Services Internet IT Support Workplace Tips Innovation Ransomware Efficiency Cloud Computing Smartphone Data Recovery Managed IT Services Outsourced IT Backup Android Upgrade Windows Smartphones Saving Money Mobile Device Information Miscellaneous Microsoft Office Server Users Data Backup Social Media Business Continuity Office 365 Managed IT Services Data Management Windows 10 Internet of Things Business Management Windows 10 Phishing Browser Passwords communications Productivity Gmail Facebook Gadgets Word Vulnerability App Remote Monitoring Cybersecurity Disaster Recovery Encryption VoIP Infrastructure Artificial Intelligence Chrome Network Managed Service VPN Apps BYOD Analytics Applications Managed Service Provider Save Money Tip of the week Money IT Support Virtual Reality Website Employer-Employee Relationship Content Filtering Bandwidth Access Control Paperless Office IT Management Development Big Data Apple Education Storage Quick Tips Display Unified Threat Management Settings Hacker Data storage Robot Router Maintenance Automation Antivirus YouTube Company Culture Employee-Employer Relationship Risk Management Government Google Drive Office Tips Hard Disk Drive OneNote Mouse Holiday Data Security Computers Virtualization Laptop Server Management Business Technology The Internet of Things Retail Alert Virtual Private Network Touchscreen HIPAA Printing Tablet Downtime Data loss Mobile Security Telephone Systems desktop Vendor Management Monitors Chromebook Two-factor Authentication Business Intelligence Collaboration Firewall Managed IT Service Avoiding Downtime Spam Computing Document Management Outlook Scam End of Support Bring Your Own Device Operating System WiFi Solid State Drive LiFi Wireless Social Hosted Solution Information Technology Search Augmented Reality Networking MSP SaaS Managing Stress Administration Writing Star Wars Sports G Suite PowerPoint Dark Web Chatbots Wi-Fi eWaste Virtual Desktop Automobile Laptops Remote Workers Network Management Dell Data Breach Cyber Monday Wearable Technology Network upgrade Mobility Batteries Cryptocurrency Nanotechnology Going Green Legislation Alerts USB WannaCry Co-Managed IT Google Docs Dark Data Motherboard Update Cables Cabling Windows 7 IT solutions Fraud Cost Management Onboarding GDPR Microsoft Excel Identity Continuity Google Maps Software as a Service Managed Services Provider Hacks SharePoint Slack Hard Disk Drives Google Wallet Managed IT Smart Technology Smart Office Politics Print Toner Myths Bitcoin Techology Screen Reader Charging Messaging Statistics Licensing Dongle Content Huawei Business Growth How To Lenovo Customer Service BDR Wires Cybercrime Office Assessment Marketing Samsung Digital Signage Data Warehouse Legal Mail Merge Blockchain Solar Private Cloud Entertainment Vendor Password Downloads Monitoring Solid State Drives Unified Communications Drones Shortcut Distributed Denial of Service Work Tech Support Digital Payment Shortcuts Mobile Management Windows 8 VoIP Unified Threat Management Smart Tech Employee-Employer Relationships Bluetooth Comparison Cooperation Service Level Agreement Digital Streaming Processor Firefox Superfish Voice over Internet Protocol Disaster Hotspot Social Engineering Internet Exlporer Troubleshooting Business Analysis Deep Learning Address Permissions Compliance iOS Mobile Device Management Connectivity Halloween Spying National Security Patch Management IT Technicians Optimization Websites Security Cameras Profiles User Error Analysis Students Specifications Staff Leominster Spyware Human Error Memory Alt Codes Customer Relationship Management Modem FinTech Uninterrupted Power Supply Heating/Cooling Multi-Factor Security Language Safety Value Computer Care IBM Virus Regulations File Sharing Scalability IoT Remote Computing Scary Stories Updates Budget Break Fix Mirgation Recycling Managed Services Utility Computing Time Management Printer Mixed Reality Black Friday K-12 Schools Identity Theft Device Reducing Cost Typing Humor Network Congestion Cookies Running Cable Servers Google Calendar Computing Infrastructure Professional Services Buisness Training Corporate Profile LED Threats Best Practice Emergency Social Networking Migration Current Events Processors Machine Learning Unsupported Software Supercomputer CrashOverride Staffing Financial Motion Sickness Taxes Computer Repair Relocation Administrator Web Server what was your? Mobile Data IT Budget How To Work/Life Balance GPS Recovery IT Consultant Health Cameras Black Market Regulation Law Enforcement Tracking Meetings Notifications Cleaning Electronic Medical Records Twitter CCTV Physical Security Upgrades Gadget Emoji Webcam Crowdsourcing Printers Mobile Computing Personal Information Botnet Error Ben McDonald shares 3D Printing Cortana Point of Sale Travel

What Our Clients Say

  • BNMC has provided us with nothing less than outstanding service and results for all of our IT needs for the past few years. Every member of their staff is professional, knowledgeable, friendly and eager to solve any problem...
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3