Five Things to Consider When Buying Your First Server

first_imgWhether you are a small office or a global enterprise, a server is the lifeblood of your business – that’s why finding the right one is essential. As your business expands, you may be considering server options to help your employees collaborate, share tools and information. Maybe you’re concerned about data that needs to be secured, or you’re thinking about what type of solution you will need in the long run. Choosing the best server for you and your business can seem like a difficult process, but really, it’s a lot simpler than you think.First, ask yourself, “What are my business goals? What type of IT solution do I need to address my requirements? How will this server benefit me?” Essentially, consider how will you be using this server. Some common uses for servers are web hosting, email, and print. If you can align your business and IT requirements, you do not have to worry about being held back as your business grows.To help get you started in your search, here are 5 tips to consider when you start looking at servers:1. What Server Fits Best for You?In order to answer this question, you must ask yourself some simple, but important questions during your server selection such as, “What business goals do I want my server to accomplish? How much office space do I have available?” Servers come in different shapes and sizes that are categorized into racks, towers, and modular. Always keep in mind that one size does NOT fit all.Rack Servers are designed to be installed within a rack chassis that holds multiple servers on top of each other. These are great if you want to be prepared to scale your business and want to consolidate IT.Tower Servers are built for stand-alone operations and occupy the least amount of floor space. They can fit underneath or on top of a desk. These also make great first servers because they offer plenty of power and are similar to a desktop computer. However, they do take up more room when it comes to expanding.Modular Servers allow for multiple servers to be housed in a given chassis and offer shared IT resources to manage dynamic workloads.2. How Will You Be Utilizing Your Server?You’ll need to know what primary tasks you’ll be performing and then determine what hardware you’ll need to consider so you get the most out of your server.Will you be needing to print and/or use email, or do you have databases or business applications? The type of applications will determine the type of processor, memory, and storage capacity you’ll need.Another piece to think about is having hot-swappable components in your server. We live in a world where we are always on the go and can’t afford to have server downtime. Having hot-swappable hard drives or power supplies will allow you to replace a piece of hardware without the need to power down. You can continue to run the server and keep working without interruption.3. What is Your Budget?Servers are available in a range of price points depending on the specificity of your workload. It’s up to you to determine what workload to run on your server. Make sure you consider your business long-term. In the long run, a more efficient server will reduce your total cost of ownership. Consider a server that will be able to adapt to your growing needs and future technology changes. Having scalability offers potential savings, plus you’ll have the most up-to-date hardware.For example, one-socket servers are great for a small or growing business. Did you know, according to a Gartner analysis, “By 2021, dedicated x86 single-socket servers will be able to address 80% of the workloads in use in enterprise data centers, up from 20% in 2018.[1]” These servers will be able to complete your tasks at a high-performance level.4. Are You Anticipating Future Growth?Speaking of scalability, think about how many people access the network now and, how much space and power you use today. Then think about how much that will change in the next 6 months, a year, or even 5 years. You want your server to be able to grow with you and adapt to your needs.Why should you consider a product that is easily scalable? Because it will impact your total cost of ownership and business. Scaling late in the game may require the need to purchase more servers than originally expected. The same goes for with the software that’s available. If you don’t have a way to handle these updates and increases, you may lose efficiency and the quality of service may suffer. You want something that will grow with you and not hold you back.5. How Will You Protect Your Data?Security is a huge risk for all businesses. You can’t afford to leave your data vulnerable to security breaches, cyber threats, and other vicious virtual attacks. The average total cost of a data breach in the United States is $8.19 million.All Dell EMC servers are designed to be cyber-resilient and come with built-in security programs so you can easily automate.<span style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” data-mce-type=”bookmark” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Your server plays a critical role in your business and selecting the right one can play a major role in your business growth and IT goals. If you seek reliable, affordable, and scalable servers, consider the one or two-socket Dell EMC PowerEdge rack or tower servers.Contact your small business technology advisor for more information at 877-BUY-DELL.Follow us and join the conversation on Twitter @DellEMCServers. [1] Tony Harvey, “Use Single-Socket Servers to Reduce Costs in the Data Center”, December 5thlast_img read more

Science of Sound

first_imgThat’s why Guerrero has offered up her school to host Bose In Harmony with Education, which is designed for students to see, hear and feel the power and beauty of music while teaching them the science behind the sounds. Morrison students were the first to experience the 90-minute program last week, but fourth- and fifth-grade students from other schools in the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District are being bused to Morrison through the end of this month to go through the program. “It’s fascinating because children understand music, but they don’t frequently understand the science behind it,” Guerrero said. “But then they go through this program and they think, `Oh, this is what sound looks like, or this is what it feels like’ – it’s just a box with holes and strings,” she said. The program is split up into two 45-minute sessions. One session teaches students how sound is created, then features “Musically Speaking,” a slide show on a movie theater-like screen in a classroom equipped with a Bose home-theater system. • Video: Science of SoundNORWALK – Morrison Elementary School Principal Marsha Guerrero says she has one basic belief when it comes to exposing her young students to music. It’s absolutely essential. And, Guerrero says, music should be studied in two specific ways: integrated with other subjects, and taught on its own. The other session includes lessons on sound waves and allows students to play homemade versions of four specific instruments: a maraca, drum, erhu (a Chinese fiddle) and mbira (a thumb piano). The instruments the students played were made of PVC pipe, plastic, string and popsicle sticks. “That was a lot of fun,” said Stephani Mccalman, 10, a fifth-grader from Nuffer Elementary School in Norwalk who played the maracas. “Even though I already knew how to play the maracas, I liked that we actually got to touch and use the instruments,” she added. “That was cool.” The program is conducted by two Bose docents – one of whom is a Norwalk High School graduate – and people on Morrison’s staff. The Nuffer Elementary students who went through the Bose program last week gave it good reviews. They enjoyed the fireworks and lightning featured in the slide show, as well as playing the instruments. Even fifth-grade teacher Jennifer Saenz got her turn at playing a mbira – a real one, not the homemade kind. “This was a great hands-on lesson,” she said. “But what was really good is that it got their attention. “They were very into it, and very focused, and that’s exactly what you want to get out of them during their lessons,” Saenz said. “That was really neat.” For more information on the Bose program, visit www.bose.com/inharmony. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

WOMAN RUSHED TO HOSPITAL AFTER BEING KNOCKED DOWN

first_imgA woman has been taken to hospital after she was knocked down in West Donegal this morning.The woman was taken to hospital.The accident occurred at the Glen Road in Annagry just after 11am.She was struck by a car and was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital. The woman’s injuries are not life-threatening.The road has ben closed for a forensic examination of the scene. WOMAN RUSHED TO HOSPITAL AFTER BEING KNOCKED DOWN was last modified: October 7th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:accidentAnnagrydonegalHOPSITALwomanlast_img read more