A server is a dedicated piece of computer hardware which performs specific tasks for a number of networked users. A server provides a safe place to store your documents, spreadsheets, files, data, accounting information and everything else that is critical to business. The server carries on without any loss of data when a drive fails.
A server can have a built in backup system and along with your IT partner, you can create a disaster recovery plan. There are also many applications the server does that will greatly enhance your business’ productivity and communication. Every system has a server operating system and a backup solution. If the central data storage fails then you can restore by using backup.
Server Installations manage user security, updates to operating system software and antivirus packages, store and control email, and perform all the central tasks for all business network users. They take care of set up, installation, maintaining the server, install software and software upgrades, provide 24/7 monitoring, and provide 24/7 customer and technical support. A managed setup is chosen by those who have limited IT resources or limited time to manage the server.
Server installation ensures round the clock availability to the online businesses, a successful solution implemented in many web hosting services. Management of users becomes very easy in server based network because you can manage all users from a single computer server.
Security is one of the main issues in server based networks. In server based network security is very easy to manage because one server has to make policies and it applies on all the users in network. Backup of all the data is very easy to perform in server based networks as you just have to make schedule and server automatically makes backup according to the schedule.
A server based network has the power of managing thousands of users that cannot be done in peer to peer networks. Maintaining security in a server based networks much easier than that in a peer-to-peer network as the only system whose security matters is the server. You only need to maintain the security of the data and other resources of the server. But if the server goes down, the whole network goes down.
Server based networks are cost effective as the only cost is spent on one system requiring more resources. Networks provide a very fast method for the exchange and transfer of files. Without a network, the files by dragging them on memory cards or disks, then take or send the disks from one computer to another split.
Computers can be managed centrally with the same software installed. A user can log on to the computer from anywhere on the network and access work files from the file server.