Whether you have one server or a few servers, your server is probably not something you really pay that much attention to unless there is a problem. If there is enough hard disk space, if applications are running smoothly and end users are smiling why worry?
Well there might not be a reason to “worry” per se, but you should at least ensure your current servers are optimized and working as hard and efficient as possible.
In speaking with Dell executives two weeks ago (including Antonio Julio, SMB Global Enterprise Director, Dell) they explained that virtualization is something more businesses, including smaller businesses, are considering.
Virtualization enables you to use less physical servers and have less servers do more work. You save space, save energy, save money and have an overall better network environment with virtualization technology.
A problem with servers that you might not notice or quantify is server maintenance. When looking at technology budgets of many companies you’ll find that 70% of their budgets (and probably yours) is not spent on buying the technology but on maintaining it. To this end Dell and Lenovo are introducing new servers which help you better manage them. This does not need you will not need someone to manage the servers, but it does mean the cost to manage them will be lower.
As you consider upgrading the servers and storage devices on your network you want to ensure they are simple, reliable and protected. All three are essential ingredients.
Dell’s new PowerEdge servers (in rack and tower models) and PowerVault storage solutions (11th generation) focus on “push button’ setup. Instead of spending time configuring the server, the servers set themselves up. This is all part of Dell’s focus on server simplicity, reliability and protection.
Lenovo added to this ThinkServer server line of products with the TS200 tower and RS210 rack single-processor servers. These servers have more power, for more value; new virtualization capabilities; enhanced remote access and power saving features.
In summary, work with a technology expert to review the servers you have now. You might find that a refreshment (or upgrade) and consolidation of servers through virtualization is the way to go.