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Server Storage – and other considerations when buying a server?

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It boils down to why, what, how, who and when. And then follow some dos. When investing in a server and server storage, follow that outline.

Why: why are you investing in server and server storage, are you buying it to meet your immediate needs, or will it support longer-term plans? Will it support future apps? Or maybe you are looking at buying a server as a way-to create a security gateway to all your IT.

What: Consider purchasing a server that will make it possible for you to add additional CPU cores, in due course.

Similarly, consider how easy it will be to add more server storage?  Still on the theme of server storage, how important is internal storage. The majority of servers come with two internal hard drives, but some boot from a LAN. Also, consider a storage module, which will allow you to expand server storage in due course.

What will you do in the event of an emergency? What back-up plans can you prepare? Make sure that the server has at least two power sources, and consider the need for redundant or spare memory, to be used in the event of a memory failure.

How:  How are you going to ensure security? A vital consideration for any server.   Many servers come with security, ensure you know what this is. Is it enough? Can your existing security arrangements be extended? Maybe you can use the opportunity afforded by purchasing a new server to review your entire security arrangements.

How will you support it?  How are you going to backup data, on site, or in the Cloud?

Who will be responsible for supporting and managing the server.  Do you require skilled in house expertise? How much time will be invested into travelling to remote sites to support the technology?

And when. When do you pay for it, upfront or do you lease the server?  When do you want it to last to?

Do carry out due diligence. As Albie Attias, managing director of IT hardware reseller, King of Servers said: “it’s very important to research the company you are buying your server from. Some resellers have been uncovered as selling products they say they have in physical stock, when they don’t. This can drastically extend lead times and result in an IT buyer waiting weeks for their server to be delivered. If you ask a reseller for the serial number of their product and they can’t provide it, it’s likely they do not have that item physically in-stock. “

Do think about drivers. Make sure the drivers for your server are readily available – this is unlikely to be a problem with Windows drivers, but Linux drivers may be harder to come-by.

Do have a plan for how you will manage if the server needs to be taken down for maintenance, if you use hot-swappable components so that you can at least maintain parts of the machine without shutting the server down.




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