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When you talk about servers, most people imagine a huge row of identical black boxes that help to power huge companies like Microsoft and Google. In reality, though, businesses of all different sizes can actually benefit from having their own server. If you need more information on choosing the right server for your business, here’s what you need to know.

What Is the Role of a Server

Unlike a typical PC, which uses an operating system designed for multipurpose desktop use, servers are designed to run specific tasks 24/7 without fail. There are three main types of servers: file servers, mail servers, and web servers. A file server acts as the central repository for all your information, where data  can accessed from other computers on the same local network. For added security, individual user or group accounts can be assigned, limiting the data an individual can access. Secondly, a mail server focuses on storing users’ email accounts and allowing them to send and receive messages using SMTP. Finally, web servers deliver web pages to other computers while parsing scripting languages like PHP, ASP, and JSP.

Why You Should Use Your Own Hardware

In an era where cloud computing is starting to define technology, you may be wondering what the advantage is to using your own hardware rather than simply outsourcing the issue. After all, services like AWS and Microsoft’s Azure can provide great convenience to small business owners. Using your own hardware gives you far greater control over your data, though, which could be crucial if you plan to use your server as a file directory. By choosing to stay offline, you’ll limit the chance of suffering from malware, spyware, or any other kind of computer viruses, but you can still benefit from the latest updates by installing the latest patches through Windows Server Update.

What to Look for in a Supplier

Finally, when purchasing your new server you’ll have multiple options available from you. Not only will you have to choose between different manufacturers, but there’s also the question of whether you want a standalone server or something that’s rack-mountable. Just like with any other piece of hardware, it’s crucial that you find a reliable supplier that you can trust. While it’s true that servers are typically equipped with more durable components than standard PCs, it’s still possible that you’ll run into problems so look for a seller with a clear returns policy. All new products from Pinnacle Data come with a minimum one year return-to-base warranty, as well as the option of extended warranties of up to five years.