As your business grows and changes in order to continue to meet the needs of your customers, your IT systems will also need to grow and change along with it. Likewise, as technology advances, you will want to regularly evaluate your systems to make sure you are getting the most value possible out of your investment in IT systems and specifically your Windows Server.
But do you often find that you don’t know what you don’t know as it relates to managing your servers? Our staff of professional technicians is here to provide objective insights on trends within the industry, and alsolook for ways that you can take advantage of new technologies to improve your business operations. And in some cases, that means continuing with your network as-is, because not every business needs to jump onto every new technology.
Managing your Windows Server or Other Server
When it’s time for a Windows server project in your office, we’ll help advise you on what factors to consider, what questions to ask, and help manage the process from start to finish so that your business doesn’t miss a beat.
A server can enable a business to securely centralize files for your team to access, either from within the office or remotely. Printers on the network can also be hosted by the Windows server to make it easier for end-users to find and connect to other printers when necessary.
Servers also improve the management of your IT systems through centralization of User Accounts and Passwords, Line of Business Applications, Backups, Email, Calendars, Contacts, AntiVirus, and AntiSpam.
Windows Server Project: Virtualization
One increasingly popular server project is virtualization. In simple terms, this is when a physical server is divided into multiple virtual isolated environment. Essentially, the server is compartmentalized to house more than one individual server, and each one thinks that it is operating in a stand-alone environment.
Server virtualization can be used for many reason, but the most common are to eliminate server sprawl, to make more efficient use of server resources, to improve server availability, to assist in disaster recovery, testing and development, and to centralize server administration.
While each business case should be considered carefully for its unique needs and set-up, here are some of the reasons why it’s smart to consider server virtualization:
- Cost-savings: Virtualization reduces the number of servers you have to run, which means savings on upfront hardware costs and costs to maintain and/or replace them, as well as on the total amount of energy needed to run and coolthe hardware.
- It’s a good way to go Green: Virtualization is a green technology all the way. Energy savings brought on by widespread adoption of virtualization technologies have a very positive environment impacting, reducing the need to build new power plants and therefore helping to conserve resources.
- It reduces system administration work: With server virtualization, system administrators would not have to support so many machines and could then move from firefighting to more strategic administration tasks.
- It maximizes hardware usage:Did you know that the typical utilization rate of a server is about 15%?With virtualization that increases to about 80%.
- It makes software installation easier: With software vendors tending more and more towards delivering their products preinstalled in virtual machines (also known as virtual appliances), much of the traditional installation and configuration work associated with software will disappear.
Whether your business is in need of a new Windows server or other server, an upgrade, a refresh, or are considering virtualization, we are confident that Corsica Tech is the right choice for your server project.