What is a server and why might your business need one?

A guide to servers and at what point your business might need one

Most business people are familiar with PCs and understand some of the basic principles of what a PC can do. A PC server is similar to a normal desktop PC but generally has a larger capacity to store electronic files. It is also normally connected to a number of PCs and acts as a central repository of business data.

Why should I bother with a PC server

Many small businesses can easily store all of the files they need on a single PC. If you work alone with a small amount of data this is a perfectly valid route to take, and a PC server would be of little benefit.

When you start to work with other people the chances are that you will want to share documents and files – for example customer quotes or supplier agreements. If these are stored on one person’s PC then it makes it difficult to access the data if that person should be away. This can be especially difficult if you are working on a project and sharing data with a colleague.

If you are using a large amount of data – possibly CAD/CAM drawings, video files, images or databases, it makes sense to store these files on a PC server that is optimised for handling large amounts of data.

By using a PC server your data should be more secure, more accessible and quicker to access.

Source: Buying a PC server

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