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Network servers are optimized computer hardware, operating system, and software that address the needs of multiple users accessing the same hardware at one time. The hardware tends to be of higher quality in order to reliably operate 24 hours a day, every day of the year, for several years. Expansion capacity for growing needs is also factored into the design and complexity. Look for hardware with at least 3 years of hardware replacement with the option to extend the warranty for 3 to 10 additional years.
When selecting manufacturers, always look for well-recognized brand names focused in the business segment - not the home or consumer market. Often times, you should seek professional consulting services where knowledgeable salespeople are able to right-size and build in some future growth into your purchasing decision.
Often times, the components are shipped separately from the main system and need to be integrated. You should engage with a systems integrator that can integrate the hardware, properly install, and are able to configure the operating system for maximum availability, highest accessibility and with security in mind.
Next, the server-based software is installed. This may include database SQL Server, e-mail Exchange Server, collaboration SharePoint Server or communication Skype for Business.
After that, you may need to consider application software such as accounting (ERP), job costing, point of sale, e-Commerce, or customer relationship management (CRM).
- Microsoft Exchange
- Microsoft Hyper-V
- Microsoft SharePoint
- Microsoft Skype for Business
- Microsoft SQL
- Microsoft Windows
- VMware ESxi
- VMware vCenter