If you have read my thoughts on
PC hardware you may notice some similarities and
completely opposite views in thinking about servers.
Server hardware is where a lot of CFOs and business
owners tend to concentrate attention with regard
to servers, however, this is the last place to think
of. I think this is generally because hardware is
what most people tend to understand with regard
to PCs. The first and foremost thing to think of
with regard to servers is the software that it is
going to run. The server is offering a service to
the network that is shared by
multiple network users.
First is choosing the right software.
If you have pre-chosen that you want to host your
own email on your own server, then what is the server
software that you are going to choose. If you are
going to run a financial application that needs a
backend database, what kind of database does it
require. If you have to share files with a mobile
workforce, are you going to do so with a document
management software like SharePoint or hook people
up with a VPN client and have them access a file
server. There is a lot of decision making in this
whole process and many, many options. This is certainly
a good place to get some consulting expertise on
what makes sense. Generally speaking, I do recommend
a lot of Microsoft Small Business Server solutions
to small companies that need a little of everything.
It's a good product to start many small businesses
off with, but is far from the end-all-be-all answer