Having the right server goes a very long way in making sure that your social media needs are met. It is a very big investment that represents a long term commitment and thus one needs to know what to look out for to make sure that they end up with the right server. Some of the things to keep in mind when choosing a server include:
The server that you are planning to buy should support all the drivers that you are using or may need. This is because in some instances looking for the right drivers and installing them may be a headache, and also some drivers may not be compatible with your current operating system.
It is important to know if the server you intend to purchase can use its redundant parts so as to prevent a single point of failure. Some servers have several power supplies points so as to avoid the server from going off if one of the power supplies fails. With some server you have the option of adding additional memory.
Hot swappable components
It is better to choose a server that has hot swappable components so that it does to give you much inconvenience in case maintenance is needed. You should note that not all server support hot swappable components.
Fault tolerant memory
The server that you intend to buy should have support for fault tolerant memory technologies such as that that to correct single bit memory errors and double bit errors such as the Error correcting code memory(ECC).
Different servers have different amounts of internal storage. There are those that support two internal hard drives while there are those that don’t even have an internal storage but instead just boot from the SAN directly. There are servers that also have the option of expanding the storage.
Different servers have different CPU architecture and hence you should go for a server with multiple sockets to support several types of processors. A CPU that gives you the option of adding CPU cores when need arises is more convenient.
The server that you are planning to buy should have enough memory to support the operating system including guest operating system without necessarily skimping on the memory.
Even though most servers come with built-in networking, it is important not to overlook on the network connectivity especially if you server will act as a cluster node or a virtual host server. Because clustering and virtualization will require more network adapters you server should be able to support additional network adapters.
There are many places where one can purchase servers, now that you know what to look for; getting a god server will be easier. There are also used servers that are equally good and you can get the brand you want. For example used HP servers may be as good as new. You only have to do a proper research and know what you want to get the right one.…Read More