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Basic tips for buying a server

Even in small business employees need to network - not around the water cooler, but electronically. However, buying a server is expensive and should not be a hasty decision. These tips will guide you in the process.

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A server makes file sharing easier, security tighter and back-ups simpler. A simple, entry-level server computer can cost up to R10, 000, while a more sophisticated, general purpose version can easily leave you R70, 000 the poorer.

If you are considering buying a server, use the following tips on what to look for in terms of hardware:

Don't settle for a desktop PC. Computers that are built as servers are engineered to run 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Get a tower model that can sit on the floor under your desk. It is easier to open if you need to add or replace parts.

Get a fast hard drive. Desktop computer drives lack the speed and resilience to keep up with a demanding network environment. Look for servers that use SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment) or SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) drives.

Get a big hard drive.  Business data has a way of accumulating quickly. If you think 120 gigabytes (GB) of storage is adequate, get a 200GB drive to be safe.

Consider adding RAID (redundant array of independent disks) support. Most entry-level servers today include RAID, which provides data protection by duplicating data over multiple hard drives.

Get as much memory as you can afford.  Don't go with less than 1GB of RAM.

Get a processor appropriate for the workload. If you plan to host a website as well as do file sharing, make sure the processor can do both simultaneously.

Insist on a service agreement and a good warranty plan to help ensure that repairs happen quickly if something goes wrong.

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