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The Factors Governing The Buy Server Decision

Published on 23 August 13

Decisions related to information technology products and services are some of the biggest decisions that a business organization has to make. Given the fact that technology is changing at an extremely rapid pace, a business or a business owner certainly has to pay attention to different kinds of aspects and factors that will come into play while buying IT products.

For instance, when a business organization sets out to buy a server, then it certainly has to take into account that technologies such as virtualization and cloud computing are changing the way organizations use servers.

So here are a few factors that can be kept in mind when it comes to the decision of buying the right kind of server.

Deciding on the reasons for purchase

On-premise servers are still an important aspect of business operations. Even though cloud computing and virtualization are making it possible for business owners to enjoy benefits such as:

- Reduced investment on hardware,

- Using the power of the internet to conduct business operations,

- Reduce the complexity involved in management of the IT landscape, it is still essential for a business organization to have a server.

The starting point to such a decision therefore must be to figure out what tasks the server will handle. This will give the business organization an easier framework to deal with.

Different types of functions

Most server decisions are taken according to the types of function that it will be expected to handle. Some of the most common deployments of the server are for:

- Data backup or storage,

- Handling email,

- Fault tolerance,

- Additional features such as scalability and multiple drives and so on.

Each of these considerations will change the price bracket of the server. A business owner will also need to look at the technical configuration of the machine before he invests in it.

Space and scalability

Both these considerations are extremely important for every business organization. Depending on the workloads and the configuration of the server, it will need to get a certain space allotted to it.

Additional considerations of airflow are also important so that the server is able to run under optimum conditions. Scalability is another thing that a business organization must consider. Today, an organization may be functioning with just about 5 to 10 employees. Tomorrow, this number is certainly going to grow in a big way.

Investing in a server today, must certainly take care of such kind of growth tomorrow. Anticipating space and growth considerations for the future can be an extremely critical aspect when it comes to server purchase decisions.

Reading online reviews

There are quite a few established and reputed websites that carry high-quality online reviews. These reviews will give you enough information across aspects such as:

- Performance of the server,

- Testing that the experts have conducted,

- The server’s ability to perform under special conditions such as extra cold or extra hot weather zones,

- Specific brands that may have performed the best under specific criteria,

- The server’s capacity to cater for business growth and

- Value for money that the server can offer.

Thus, reading such online reviews can certainly make the decision to buy server an easier one for a business organization.

This blog is listed under Data & Information Management Community

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