If your network is becoming hard to manage due to growing staff members or a large number of workstations you may consider adding a server for system management.
Without a server, PC’s communicate with each under a “workgroup”. This allows for basic file sharing but does not allow for any policies or permissions to be added. When adding a server, your computers can be configured to communicate with each other under a “domain”. A domain environment allows your computers to be logged into a server using each staff member’s unique username and password. Each staff member then can access their own “profile”, shared documents and individual settings. You can set policies and permissions for each person so that your file structure also matches your company structure.
Having a server as the main file storage point for your network allows much easier data retention and backup (as your user profiles are held on the server). You can backup the valuable information created by each user very easily as opposed to manually backing up from each device.
You may also wish to upgrade a current server as the unit may have become outdated and no longer meet the performance demands of newer software or systems.
ProSouth supplies HPE (Hewlett Packard Enterprise) servers as HP is the market leader in server computing in New Zealand. Every HPE server has a standard, comprehensive onsite parts and labour warranty. HPE servers are very customisable in order to match specific customer requirements. We always tailor a server package to suit the specific work environment so that we are delivering the most cost-effective solution.
Tower servers are similar in size and shape to a tower desktop PC but with far more horsepower and upgradability. They are generally used where no "rack" is a available and the requirement is to have a unit sat in a closet or office area. They are customised each time to suit customer requirements and built from a "base model".
HPE ML110 GEN10
Rack Mounted Server
A rack mounted server can be installed in a server rack. This form-factor is most useful where either a server rack is already available or multiple servers are needed to support your infrastructure. This server type is also high in horsepower and upgradbility while designed to be easily serviced if required.
HPE DL380 4210
A MicroServer is a light-weight server designed for lower capacity workloads such as serving files across your network or running 1 or 2 apps (e.g. MYOB). They are not overly powerful or upgradable but are a great low-cost option where a full-sized server is not necessary.
HPE MICROSERVER GEN10
NAS (Network Attached Storage) - by Synology
Where the only requirement for your server needs is "file serving" or having a few "shared drives" a NAS can often be the best option. A NAS is light-weight horsepower-wise but is usually highly upgradable storage-wise, so you can fit heaps of files on one! A NAS can also be used to backup Office 365 data and can be used as a surveillance recorder.