If your business relies on locally hosted resources like websites and cloud applications, you’re probably not going to offer such a good platform for your customers if you’re using the same computer you read your emails with to host them.
This often happens because, while you’re using your own memory and CPU resources for your own work, you’re also sharing it with the online applications you’re hosting. At any moment when you have a larger amount of traffic, your site or application could become completely unresponsive for a period of time while you’re using Photoshop or other resource-hogging programs. In fact, the computer can freeze completely for several minutes, depending on what technologies are implemented in it.
While it might be expensive to add a dedicated fiber optic line to your site of operations, you still can opt for another addition that can definitely enhance your customers’ experience on the web: A dedicated server built to host websites. If you’ve got lots of flashy scripting on your site, you’ll definitely appreciate the power of having an added computer that hosts it. You might not even realize it, but your customers might experience serious delays when trying to load a website that’s shared with a computer that already has a ton of applications running on it.
So, let’s have a look at some servers that have come out recently:
- Dell PowerEdge 11th & 12th Generation – Dell’s PowerEdge servers have made a huge impact in the IT industry and now the company has released tower servers specifically designed for small business environments that need a bit of extra power behind their IT infrastructures. The PowerEdge T110 II server – a part of Dell’s 11th generation – offers small businesses an ideal first server, with low power consumption and great stable hardware. Prices for this server start at just under $400 and go up as you add more hardware.
- Lenovo ThinkServer RD530 & 630 – Not impressed by the PowerEdge T110 II? Let’s try for something a with a little more spark for speed demons. Lenovo’s new RD530 and RD630 ThinkServers offer a complete rack-mountable solution with superior scalability for those with future endeavors in mind. The RD530 starts out at $2,530 and for a bit over $100 more, you can have the RD630, which supports a lot more hardware. The main difference between both servers is that the RD630 has twice as many hard drive bays. Both servers can sport up to 256 GB or DDR3 memory, making them extremely powerful options for those with virtualization environments that hog up some serious resources. If you’re craving an enormous amount of computing power, these servers will make your day!
While choosing between these options, remember not to pay for stuff you don’t need. For example, a small business hosting a simple shopping site doesn’t need the behemoth that Lenovo offers. However, if you’re planning on selling your own hosting options and want to put out a ton of juice, you’re better off with Lenovo’s servers. Either way, each company offers its own impressive contribution to the small- and medium-sized businesses around the nation.